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Carving

Puzzle (uncertain)

Object Number:C406H
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Chinese
Provenience: China
Period: Qing Dynasty (uncertain)
Date Made: Qing Dynasty - 1923
Early Date: 1644
Late Date: 1923
Section:Asian
Materials:Ivory
Technique:Carved
Iconography:Men
Game
Credit Line:Gift of John Deaver, 1923

Description

Cylindrical openwork puzzle piece which fits over pegs, C406D or C406E. 2 small cracks throughout openwork design but on opposite sides. 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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