Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Carved Bone Boxes

One of our most popular items in the store is the Bone Box with Two Cats. Carved out of Ox bone, this box measures 3 1/4 inch long, 1 1/2 inch wide and about 2 inches high. The lid has copper hinges and snaps shut in the front. Two prone cats are carved on the lid, lying amidst grass. Their silly expressions reminds me of my own cats, waiting patiently for the little mouse they thought were hiding behind the sofa.
The size of this box makes it an ideal jewelry box.

Bone carving has a long history in Chinese culture. A bone carving of a human face was discovered in 1982 dates back to 6,000 years ago and is believed to be one of the earliest artistic bone carvings. Beijing, Zhejiang, Inner Mongolia, Guangdong and Fujian province are the main producers of modern bone carvings.

We also carry Bone Box with Cricket, Bone Box with Frog,Bone Box with Rabbits and other similarly intricate bone box carvings. Come visit our store if you are near Port Gamble area, or visit our online store any time!

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