My love of collecting sometimes takes me far afield, as beautiful objects can be found in many forms. In an earlier post I shared with you my collection of ivory puzzle balls. Today, I'm sharing some other ivory pieces that are favorites of mine. First is this colorful pair depicting the Emperor and Empress astride their majestic elephants. I love their coloring and beautiful faces.
She, so elegant and demure; and he, so regal. What do you think they are? Salt and pepper shakers, perhaps? Take a guess. After all, it’s “What’s It Wednesday”, right?
Okay, here you go. What? Still no clue? These are snuff bottles. The Chinese began using them to carry powdered tobacco when smoking was outlawed during the Qing Dynasty. “Snuff” was allowed because it was thought to be a remedy for common illnesses such as colds, headaches and stomach disorders.
These are “Lucky Gods”. They represent good fortune and prosperity. Each body is carved from teak wood with attached ivory face, hands, and inlaid symbols applied to the robes.
This small carving depicts a weary traveler resting on his “Foo Dog”, the Chinese guardian lion thought to have mythical powers of protection.
This beautiful Geisha dreams of the future as she prepares to serve tea. The designs are first carved and color applied to bring out the details of the piece.
These little cuties remind me to keep to the straight and narrow path. Do you recognize them? They represent the Japanese proverb, “Hear no evil, See no evil, Speak no evil”. The fourth guy? “Do no evil”! LOL
This is what is known as a netsuke. Japanese used them as toggles to attach pouches to carry small objects, as the traditional kimono had no pockets. The intricately carved detail is wonderful, and makes this playful pair of fish sharing a worm, come to life. The proud carver has signed his work.
These two are netsukes as well. They have two faces carved into a rolling ball, representing the struggle between good and evil within.
I hope you found something to “tickle” your fancy in this post, and have something new to ponder.
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