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Carved Ivory Tusk and Hardwood Stand

Attributed to the Workshop of Hoachingc. 1850s - 1870s

Reading Public Museum

Reading Public Museum

This elaborately carved tusk, which was created for export, dates from the 19th century but represents a tradition that goes back many centuries. The exceptionally large elephant tusk includes at least one hundred figures—scholars, musicians, swordsmen, horsemen, mythical characters—horses, groves of pine trees, and architectural elements. The carved hardwood base, with groups of scholars and dignitaries, is probably contemporaneous to the tusk.

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  • Title: Carved Ivory Tusk and Hardwood Stand
  • Creator: Attributed to the Workshop of Hoaching
  • Date Created: c. 1850s - 1870s
  • Physical Dimensions: 39"h x 20"w x 5"d (including base)
  • Type: object
  • Medium: ivory and hardwood
  • Culture: Chinese
  • Credit Line: Museum Purchase

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