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Subject:Ivory Napkin Rings
Posted By: Steve Gridley Thu, Dec 24, 2020 IP: 96.244.150.12

I received these napkin rings as a gift about 10 years ago. I don't think they are terribly old but nicely done. In light of the ivory peanut, I posted these to give another look at writing on ivory for any input (including translation and artist if possible).







Subject:Re: Ivory Napkin Rings
Posted By: I.Nagy Fri, Dec 25, 2020

Dear Steve,
Each ring is inscribed with citations from known Tang Dynasty poems.

Sorry, but it would be too much to translate them all.

Colophon says,
文生刊于羊石  - Carved by Wensheng in Yangshi*

* Yangshi; Name of a village on the upper reaches of Yangtze River in Sichuan.

With regards,
I.Nagy

Subject:Re: Ivory Napkin Rings
Posted By: I.Nagy Sat, Dec 26, 2020

Correction,
Yangshi 羊石 is more likely one of the nicknames for Gungzhou (Canton)、 along with Yangshicheng 羊石城、Yangcheng 羊城 and Wuyangcheng 五羊城.

With regards,
I.Nagy

Subject:Re: Ivory Napkin Rings
Posted By: Bill H Fri, Dec 25, 2020

I'm a dud at translating literary inscriptions but agree that your napkin rings are recent and may come from the same studio or workshop that produced my small vase, shown below from another recent thread (see link) about a peanut carving with miniature inscription. The cloud form and red seal are quite similar, and the scattered dark dots in the surfaces bring to mind capillaries in bone, which are lacking in ivory. Based on the shape of the red seal, which resembles the island of Taiwan, I believe my vase and your napkin rings both come from there.

Best regards,

Bill H.




URL Title :Carved peanut


Subject:Re: Ivory Napkin Rings
Posted By: Steve Gridley Sat, Dec 26, 2020

Thanks Mr. Nagy. You provided me with what I was hoping for. No worries on the translations. I understand.

Thanks Bill. Attached is a quick cross-section photo showing the lines. Sorry I could not do better. Had to use artificial light.




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