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c1880 Chinese 12 Layer Carved Ivory Puzzle Ball on Stand
  • c1880 Chinese 12 Layer Carved Ivory Puzzle Ball on Stand
  • c1880 Chinese 12 Layer Carved Ivory Puzzle Ball on Stand
  • c1880 Chinese 12 Layer Carved Ivory Puzzle Ball on Stand
  • c1880 Chinese 12 Layer Carved Ivory Puzzle Ball on Stand
  • c1880 Chinese 12 Layer Carved Ivory Puzzle Ball on Stand
  • c1880 Chinese 12 Layer Carved Ivory Puzzle Ball on Stand
  • c1880 Chinese 12 Layer Carved Ivory Puzzle Ball on Stand
  • c1880 Chinese 12 Layer Carved Ivory Puzzle Ball on Stand
  • c1880 Chinese 12 Layer Carved Ivory Puzzle Ball on Stand
  • c1880 Chinese 12 Layer Carved Ivory Puzzle Ball on Stand
  • c1880 Chinese 12 Layer Carved Ivory Puzzle Ball on Stand

c1880 Chinese 12 Layer Carved Ivory Puzzle Ball on Stand

Price:

£2,500.00


Product Description

An incredibly fine and elaborate antique Chinese carved ivory (Elephas indicus) Puzzle Ball on its similarly carved ivory stand.

Dating from around 1880, the Puzzle Ball (sometimes referred to Devil’s Ball) has an incredible 12 independent layers of carved ivory, within the ball. As in an onion the layers are thin and the carving is incredibly intricate. The layers roll around and the circles would have allowed the carver to work each layer, without having to break open the ball. The outside layer has the boldest carving, with a profusion of dragons, on its surface. Condition is very good, but there is some damage to some of the inside layers, because of their thinness. The column stand is carved and turned with the same dragon motif. There is a small puzzle ball in the middle and 2 cylinders with cut-out decoration that may have doubled up as cricket cages (their chirping noise was considered soothing). The column is made of separate pieces that screw together. With age and because of a couple of stress cracks, parts can no longer be unscrewed. This is the best Puzzle Ball we have seen.

Size ball: 8 cm
Size total: 9 x 39 cm
Weight: 340 g

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