Buddha type statue

Jul 27, 2020. 19:04 UTC
Buddha type statue
United States of America

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For sale

9”x3” statue


Don’t know much about it. Got it out of a warehouse crate. It is not resin.

Answered within 2 days
Jul 30, 01:12 UTC
By Sara S

Fair Market Value

$200 - $700 USD

Insurance Value

$900 USD
What does this mean?

Hello Daniel,

Thank you for your appraisal inquiry with Mearto. I apologize for the slight delay in your appraisal and thank you for your patience.

The item presented appears to be carved Japanese okimono (置物) or decorative object. The object appears to be ivory. I am unable to identify the ivory type. Viewing the cross section of the object would be the only way to identify it. I apologize. The seal appears to read "South China" (南华). Therefore this item may have been produced for trade or export. It does seem finely carved and decorated.

The estimate provided is based on recent auction estimates and results of comparable Asian ivory carvings in similar size. Please note asking or dealer prices may vary. Thank you and please take care.

Daniel brown Jul 30, 02:40 UTC

Is this item old enough to
Be able to sell since it’s ivory? How old do you think it is?

Sara s Jul 31, 21:13 UTC

Hello Daniel,
It is possible that this item could be ivory. Unfortunately, people still acquire ivory and produce items for trade even today. However, there are several laws against selling these items. I would suggest taking the item to a gemology. They would likely be able to determine if the item is indeed ivory and possible what kind of ivory. As for age of the object, it is likely early 20th century. These items were very popular during the 1910 - 1940s. There is a possibility it could be older. However, an in person examination would reveal more information.

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