University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:C406A
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: China
Period: Qing Dynasty (uncertain)
Date Made: Qing Dynasty - 20th Century
Early Date: 1644
Late Date: 1923
Credit Line:Gift of John Deaver, 1923


Ivory ball sometimes referred to as a "devil's work ball." One of multiple pieces of an ivory carving. The bottom is a stand with a decorated edge followed by a section showing six figures two of whom are shown playing chess under a tree. Then comes a connecting piece that screws into the the center piece which is an elaborately decorated outside sphere with at least twelve more spheres inside. Then there is a second connecting piece which screws into the ball at the bottom and at the top screws into a carving of three children playing under a lotus bud.

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