OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAW55xD45xH100mm, China

This is a hone carving of the Avalokiteśvara (Guan Shi Yin).  

Like all early civilizations, animal hones were used to make utensils as well as hair accessories.  The art of hone carving flourished in Ming and Qing dynasty, quickly gaining equal status as the more traditional carvings such as wood, ivory and jade.

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