Chinese Canadian Artifacts Project

Item KMS_E-988-018-015a-b - Ball, Puzzle

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Ball, Puzzle

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CA KMS KMS_E-988-018-015a-b

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Ivory carving puzzle ball with a four part ivory stand. E-988-018-015a Ivory puzzle ball with at least eight layers of carving. The outermost layer is carved with a raised floral motif; the inner layers are carved with lattice work like geometric designs. E-988-018-015b Four part, ivory puzzle ball stand. The stand consists of a circular base, two vertical pillars and a small bowl. The base is carved in relief; the top is carved with a geometrical design, the sides and bottom edge are carved into jagged points. At the centre of the base is a rotating platform. The pillar screws into the platform. The first pillar is carved in the round in the image of Monk holding a lotus in his right hand. This section screws into the platform. The second pillar is carved into a spindle with a rotating circular piece (prayer wheel), which is carved with geometrical designs. The bottom end of the spindle screws into the top of the Monk's head. The top part of the spindle screws into the bowl. The last part of the stand consists of a small dish or bowl for the puzzle ball to rest in.

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Ball piece has some pieces broken internally.

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117.7 KiB


October 29, 2015 3:49 PM

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