Southeast asia bone sculpture

Dec 23, 2019. 17:06 UTC
Southeast Asia Bone Sculpture
United States of America

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2 bone sculptures, one male and one female on a wooden stand. Possibly purchased 1969 in Vietnam.


My father purchased them when he was in Vietnam while serving in the US Navy.

Answered within 1 day
Dec 25, 05:58 UTC
By s.k. Breider

Fair Market Value

€100 - €200 EUR

Insurance Value

€300 EUR
What does this mean?

Dear Lisa,

This is a bone figure of Guanyin he is the Buddhist bodhisattva associated with compassion. I believe its a Chinese carving and not Vietnamese. Its made in mid / second half 20th century so its not much older then the date your father was in Vietnam I believe. These carvings are made in many cases for the western market and I think this is also made for 'tourist' or export. Carving is nicely done, you can find many with lower quality.

Lisa rodgers Dec 25, 13:18 UTC

Thank you for this information. I have a matching female carving. What is she called?

Lisa rodgers Dec 25, 19:11 UTC

Also, why kind of bone is common for these carvings?

S.k. breider Dec 26, 05:38 UTC

Dear Lisa,

They do not come in pairs normally so I cannot tell you the name of the female statue you have. Bone is a more cheap material then Ivory. Its also easy available.


Simon Breider

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