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Subject:Identify Ivory Tusk Carving
Posted By: Michael Wed, Apr 26, 2023 IP:

Looking for help identifying this carving, any information at all is appreciated.

Subject:Re: Identify Ivory Tusk Carving
Posted By: Bill H Wed, Apr 26, 2023

This tusk with incised Qianlong mark in red isn’t ivory but pieces of other animal bones assembled in tusk form for decoration. That it is bone and not ivory is obvious from the close-up picture, which clearly shows the presence of channels for blood carrying capillaries that are not present in natural ivory.

Many such reproductions appeared in the antique market during the late 20th century and can still be found online described as ivory.

Best regards,

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