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Rhino Horn Collection
Collectingasia - first test for rhino horns to make sure it's not any type of resin is to burn it with a lighter, resins, plastics smell like resin, rhino horn, ivory does not burn, as I stated before the number one thing is the grain, it must have hair like fibers and millions of them everywhere, I will post a picture of what the grain looks like then another picture of mine showing the hairs
I forget this important info which says it all - looks like wood like, cracking, hair like folicles etc...
But here is the article is you want to read more ... http://www.3dbones.org/visual/preview/rhino_horn.php#
Just trying to help. I'm only here to help collectors make informed decisions that are fiscally savvy. This generation of collectors has already paid too much tuition imo.
Christie's and Sotheby's both have free valuation days - take your pieces into them. Or even email an expert from their departmental listings online. They also travel around the country on an annual basis visiting collectors. Even if you do not have the paperwork or provenance to sell them, they will authenticate them for you and hope you have others pieces to see.
It is what it is!
Put the magnifying glass down, ignore pictures of what actual rhino horn looks like...... the best way to judge whether these are rhino horn or not is to ask yourself, did a merchant give an EXTREMELY valuable raw material to a carver in order to produce something beautiful out of it in order to increase it's already high value? In other words, is the carving and form good enough as a work of art to justify the use of the material? Only the masters were allowed anywhere near something as precious as rhino horn.
James - Thanks for your comment, religious items have always been high on the scale, rhino horns being of pretty hard material to carve, and you can see all my large rhino horns are religious items, Budhas, Kwanyin etc... Yes I would say much better than some simple libertion cups I have seen sold at the big auction houses, these are huge mantle pieces or temple pieces, they did not have to be carved like grapes and squirrels climbing on branches, they needed to show the budha, the kwanyin , and Kwanyin coming out of a lotus leave with a fish in her basket tells the story on my piece etc...
Again the best site from those that examine rhino horns and ivory and all endangered species grain...
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