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Mammoth Ivory

Where and how is Mammoth Ivory Procured?
Trade and carving of mammoth ivory is not a new phenomenon because since the 17th century, in Siberia, mammoth ivory has always not only been carved but has also been used to barter for other products.
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Mammoth Ivory, Elephant Ivory - real or fake?
Ivory is rich, lustrous and beautiful. Not only has it allured centuries of sculptors and carvers, but even after the global ban of elephant ivory, Mammoth ivory is much more in demand. You may have an antique or might have just bought an ivory figurine or if you are planning to do so, it is advisable to first check for genuinely of the piece...
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Quality and Grades of Artistic Ivory
Have you ever wondered where the exquisite and highly prized Mammoth ivory is still coming from?
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History of Art in Ivory
As ivory has the potential to be bleached, inlaid and carved, it has always been a highly prized raw material since man populated the Earth. Humans took to expression in the form of paintings and carving, ivory has been the most preferred medium...
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How To Differentiate Between Real Ivory And Bone
Ivory is rich, lustrous and beautiful. Not only has it allured centuries of sculptors and carvers, but even after the global ban of elephant ivory, Mammoth ivory is much more in demand...
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Seven Gods of Fortune

Ivory Carvings of Seven Lucky Gods?
According to the Japanese mythology, the Seven Lucky Gods or Seven Gods of Fortune as they are commonly referred to are a popular theme of Netsuke and ivory sculptures. Intertwined in the folklores of Japan, the Seven Lucky Gods are...
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Chinese Zodiac

The Chinese Zodiac
The Western zodiac is based on the 12 Gregorian signs of zodiacs based on the Solar year, while the Chinese astrology is established on the lunar calendar with a 60 year cycle. They are completely different and do not match on any given point.
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Netsuke

History Of Netsuke: Beaded With Silk
Pronounced ‘net-ski’, Netsuke is miniature sculptures carved by skilled artists known as Netsukeshi, who have a background in sculpture and fine arts.
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Erotic Netsuke Sexual Connotations In Mammoth Ivory
From simple animal representations, the Netsuke quickly gave way to a variety of art forms including erotic Netsuke, which has become a popular collectible in modern times. Basically erotic netsuke is known as the form of Shunga...
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The Three Star Gods Or Three Lucky Men

The Three Star Gods Or Three Lucky Men
The symbolic Three Star Gods- Fu Lu Shou signifies the importance of Good Fortune, Prosperity and Longevity in the Taoist aspirations and traditions. With rich cultural roots, Taoist concept goes back to the age of the Ming Dynasty and the deities of Fu Lu and Shou were considered to represent these attributes and are today equally revered. Today Fu Lu Shou is considered as a single term to represent these three attributes to living a good life...
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Doctor's Lady

What Is a Doctor’s Lady?
For centuries, a variety of materials have been used to carve statues ranging from bead like netsuke to large life like symbols of power and prestige. In China, archeologists have unearthened hordes of clay armies that went down with the ruler at his burial. These life-like statues symbolize the important role of representation of mankind, even at death...
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Dragons

The Dragon Iconography Within The Far East Culture
Unlike the West where Dragons are associated with evil deeds, The Chinese revere the Dragon for these mythical creatures are considered to bring prosperity, good luck and abundance ...
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Japanese Geisha

Geisha: The Elusive Traditional Japanese entertainers
Geisha are traditional female entertainers in Japan who are trained in the art of classical dance and singing. Geisha is a modern emergence, but ‘Geisha’ kind women have existed since the annals in Japanese history ...
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Where and how is Mammoth Ivory Procured?
Mammoth Ivory, Elephant Ivory - real or fake?
Quality and Grades of Artistic Ivory
History of Art in Ivory
How To Differentiate Between Real Ivory And Bone
Ivory Carvings of Seven Lucky Gods?
Ebisu
Bishamonten
Daikoku
Benzaiten
Fukurokuju
JUROJIN
Hotei
The Chinese Zodiac
Rat
Ox
Rabbit
Dragon
Tiger
Snake
Horse
Sheep
Monkey
Rooster
Pig
Dog

History Of Netsuke: Beaded With Silk
Erotic Netsuke Sexual Connotations In Mammoth Ivory
The Three Star Gods Or Three Lucky Men
What Is a Doctor’s Lady?
Geisha: The Elusive Traditional Japanese entertainers


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Happy New Year - Year of the Horse 2014!

The Horse (seventh sign of the Chinese Zodiac) in Chinese Feng Shui symbolizes perseverance, strength, loyalty, victory, power, independent, strong spirited, speed and success. It is believed that placing the Horse figurines in your home or workplace will strengthen and enhance all the good traits and characteristics it represents in family members born in the year of Horse. It is no surprise that you can almost always find paintings and sculptures of horses in Chinese homes and businesses.
In Feng Shui, the horses are usually classified into Tribute Horse and Victory Horse.

The tribute horse brings fame, recognition and triumph over competitors, ensuring your talents and hard work are acknowledged and rewarded.
Victory horses are shown galloping, running upwards signifying upward mobility and promotion, steady and speedy climb to fame and success in career and life.
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Mammoth ivory, Elephant Ivory - real or fake?

There is always a fear that the ivory sculpture that you bought might turn out to be a fake, because as a layman you may not be able to differentiate between a clever replicas and real ivory. However, with experience in this field and handling nearly all types of ivory, it becomes easy to differentiate just by seeing it.

Even though pure ivory can be of various quality and types, the fake ivory is made from resins. The powder that is left after sawing/carving ivory or remnants from bone sculptures are not wasted but all added to resins, put into molds.

Mammoth ivory tusk

The sculptures are then cleaned and then dipped in dark hued stains that give them the brownish tinge. There is always a difference in weight between a resin ivory and real ivory as real ivory is very heavy...Read all article about your Mammoth Ivory fake or real?

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