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Han Dynasty carving?
Since carved stone is not really up my alley...
I suspect this is a small Han Dynasty pendant (5,8cm high) ?
Any expertise is welcome! Thanks a lot!
pictures are from the seller 🤷
Rain is my Sunshine...
Why do you suspect it is a Han dynasty figure?
I just took a quick look at Christie's examples of Han figures... they all have very deep carving and beautifully rendered faces. Found the same information when I Googled 'Han Dynasty Figure Museum'.... did not see a single example like this figure.
Modern tooling on this carving.
Looks like this 🤷
same style of eye/face carving here
the trapozoid form of the lower part made me think Han Dynasty.
Maybe a Guardian Pendant, similar to this larger variant, sold at Bukowski's
Rain is my Sunshine...
@lotusblack Signs of modern tooling is often a response for carvings posted on the forum. What are some of the key signs for modern tooling? If this is too vast a question, do you are anyone else have any links to reference articles on the subject?
@happyholiday Modern tooling involves using a dremel, or some sort of high speed rotary cutting tool. Generally, the maker uses just one size bit, so the cuts are all the same relative width, depth, and often show abrassion in a circular manner (due to the rotary motion).
Hand carving involves chiseling, grinding, and sanding with multiple tools of varying sizes. The cuts are more diverse, some wider, some thinner, some deeper, some shallow, etc.
The end result of hand caring shouild show a certain degree of care and artistry... Yes, even in archaistic carvings!
Carvers of these early periods were life-long artisans... they just didn't roll out of bed and decide to carve a piece of jade or stone.
I don't know the reputation of the auction house you referenced the jade figure, so I can not speak of it's authenticity. What I can see is that the quality of the stone is quite different than your figure, and the carving is better than your figure. But, that does not mean that I think the referenced figure is genuine, either.
Do you have any references from a Museum or major auction house that resembles your figure?
Excessive chipping on the edges of cut lines is a sign of modern tooling.
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