This single piece of carved Animal Horn is unique, and is based on the artist’s vision and the shape and color variations of the natural material. There is wonderful detail in this piece from the tip of the horn to the bottom, in the form of a Daoist Immortal with his staff. He is dressed in his flowing robe and hat. The bottom of the piece is unplugged. The natural amber hue has great depth and variation throughout the piece as shown in the images. The condition of the piece is excellent and original with no scratches or damage. Dating of Horn is very difficult, although the subject typically is an indicator of country of origin and period as noted, and is only the opinion of the seller. Dimensions: 9-0”h x 2-1/4””w x 1-3/4”d
Horn craft has a rich cultural heritage in Asia. According to archeologists, horn, or more specifically water buffalo carvings, were among the first materials utilized for both decorative and practical applications for hundreds of years. In China Horn was carved in the images of deities, mythological figures, and sacred animals. Bas-relief carving was done with a chisel, and designs were also etched onto the surface. Artifacts made of horn were nearly as common to the early household as plastic is to the modern household.
Asia is the native home of the water buffalo, and carved horn represents one of a kind pieces in which the artist has taken special care to choose the right shaped horn to carve and polish into beautiful forms. Water buffaloes are domestic farm animals across Asia. They are loved and valued as a working member of the family. Water buffalos are never killed or harmed to just harvest their horns. When a farmer’s water buffalo dies at the end of a long and productive life, the horns are harvested. They are never wasted because of their importance in medical practice and religious belief.
Water Buffalo Horn and other similar horn are like fingernails and replace themselves. Animals that have misshapen horns that are injurious to them are sometime cut off and reused as artistic sculptures celebrating their unusual shape.
Excellent Condition- In unused, or like-unused condition. No visual or structural or surface wear or damage shown. Pristine. As good as the day it was made.
Great Condition- Appears in slightly used condition but looks "Like New". Some minor wear, but retains the original craft/workmanship. May show minor wear, that does not affect the main design, or associated motif. No cracks, dents, chips or missing elements.
Good Condition- Minor wear which can be restored or repaired; may have surface flaws, like staining or soiling, confined to a small area. The flaw(s) are counterbalanced by another feature, like brilliant color or innovative design. Some fading or the piece may have been altered in some fashion.
Fair Condition- Main aesthetic/design showing damage. Excessive noticeable wear or damage. Worth buying if can be restored/repaired because of its aesthetic or design appeal or rarity. Note: wear/damage consistent with age/use can often enhance the 'Antique' qualities of a piece, giving it a desirable second chance in one's collection