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Ten concentric balls with a pendant and a silk tassel
MNK VI-6644
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The openwork carved ball with twelve round holes comprises nine similar smaller concentric spheres, each moving independently of one another. The uniqueness of this object lies in the fact that the whole was made of a single piece of ivory. The outher sphere is decorated with relief carving of figural scenes in landscape complete with architectural garden details. The final features a figure of a woman who is holding an extensive lotus leaf over her head, while lifting a peach fruit with her left hand. At the bottom, there is carved twig with peach fruit and a silk knot with a tassel. The woman with the lotus leaf is He Xiangu - the only woman from the pantheonof the Eight Immortals.

History of the Object
This ornamental objects were produced in Guangzhou (Canton) from the 18th to the early 20th centuryfor the East India Companies. It was through them that the items reached European collectors who highly valued them for their beauty and ingenious craftsmanship.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Ivory, carved 
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Creator date
 
Where it was made
Guangzhou 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
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Acquisition
From the collection of the Museum of Science and Industry in Krakow, 1950 
Copyright
The National Museum in Krakow 
Acknowledgements
Beata Pacana Curator Far Eastern Art Department The National Museum in Krakow 
Owner
The National Museum in Krakow 
Museum
The National Museum in Krakow 
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