Antique Chinese Oxbone Puzzle Ball with Stand & Original Box Carved Ox Bone Horses
early 1900's Chinese carved puzzle ball
made of Ox bone aka faux ivory
sculpture in 3 parts: 3 horses, an intricate carved ball with inner separately moving inner carved balls, and stand
original silk tapestry and cardboard box with glass or possibly
no manufacturer's marks, content label or country of origin
The base: This is actually comprised of 2 pieces. The bottom part is heavily carved and sturdy. It has an attached stand that is a bit wobbly. The base has no markings but does have what appears to have old sticker residue on its underside. The top of the stand/stem looks like there may have been glue on its tip where it fits into the central piece. (It does still fit without issue)
The central piece depicts 3 galloping horses with tiny painted black eyes. Its underside is flat with exception of a small hole where the stand fits into it. The horses are running in a circle which forms the base to hold the puzzle ball.
The top piece is heavily carved and is actually 4 plastic balls in progressively smaller sizes that move independently of one another. The largest (outer-most ball) has 2 sets of black dots which I believe represent eyes of a dragon on either side of the ball. These do not appear to come apart.
The box is constructed of cardboard, cloth and glass or plastic. The inside of the box is lined in red fabric and has form to allow the piece to nestle perfectly.
Size: The box is 8 1/2" x 3" x 4 1/4"
Sculpture when all 3 pieces are together is 6 1/2" tall
Condition: This is in overall very good vintage condition. The plastic appears to be in great shape- no cracks or chips The piece is a bit unsteady as the base and central pieces may have been attached long ago. The box has definite wear with loss of cloth and damage to the cardboard as well as scratches to the clear plastic top. It is still quite sturdy, though, and it will hold up for many years to come.
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