Handers spring auction boutique recommendation series - ivory ball set
China's ivory carving art has a long history. It began in the Neolithic age. The ivory carving technology started as early as the Qin Dynasty, and the exquisite Ivory weaving technology appeared in the Jin Dynasty. One of the most famous representative works of this ancient Chinese traditional carving technique is ivory ball, also known as ivory ball set. Since the Ming Dynasty, it has been handed down and developed in the Qing Dynasty and the Republic of China for hundreds of years, with a maximum of more than 50 layers. Its materials need to be carved from a whole piece of ivory. The ball is set inside the ball and hollowed out layer by layer. The thickness of each layer of the ivory ball should be even and can rotate layer by layer, which requires the craftsmanship of the rival artists.
The work is made of high-quality mammoth ivory and consists of two parts: ivory ball and base. On a complete solid ivory ball, the craftsman carves it with simple tools. The layers are concentric, independent of each other and rotate freely. The inner layer of the ivory ball is as thin as paper. Each layer has carved Zhuo flowers with fine and clear patterns. The outer sphere is embossed with auspicious patterns of dragon and Phoenix. The base adopts techniques such as round carving, relief and inlay. Ivory ball is naturally integrated into this scene, such as the sun hanging high in the sky, and the landscape below reflects each other. After the opening of this exhibition, all kinds of clappers will compete with each other, but this ivory ball set is sure to be a feast for the eyes.
This ball is made of natural ice teeth. It's bright and flawless. It's pided into inner and outer layers. It's all polished into balls. It's crisscross and overlapped. It's exquisite. Total weight: 658.44g, height: 34cm * 11cm. There are 32 layers in total, which have become the top level of modern global technology. They are rich in layers, tall in shape and imposing. They are carved by the carvers with their best efforts. The ball is set inside the ball, from the big to the small, from the inside and the outer layers, and is hollowed out layer by layer. Each layer is even and thin as an eggshell. Each ball is regularly hollowed out with several circles. It is engraved with a fine circular case. The design is extremely beautiful, the carving is delicate, lifelike, vivid, the dragon and Phoenix are auspicious, the dragon is flying all over the world, and the meaning is excellent. All kinds of relief patterns are carved on the surface. The lines are smooth, clear and natural, and the flowers are full of noble spirit. Each ball in the set is decorated with a pattern closely arranged by carving. In turn, all the balls in the inner circle move round, day and night, which is exquisite and unique. You can see through the world. The pattern pattern on the support is also very exquisite, especially each dragon is lifelike, which can be described as exquisite and unique. It is the most precious treasure for accidentally falling into the world. It's very collectible.
It is worth mentioning that since 1981, China has joined the Convention on international trade in endangered species of Wild Fauna and flora, and in 1990, it formally implemented the regulations banning international trade in African ivory and its products, and no longer imports ivory. Most of the modern ivory carving technologists replace ivory with cattle bones and mammoth ivory as raw materials, and strive to continue and inherit this technology. Therefore, this set of ivory ball is very precious. At the same time, it also leads us to think about the direction and Prospect of the inheritance and innovation of ivory carving.
Parameters: total weight: 658.44g, height: 34cm * 11cm; material: natural high-quality mammoth ivory