This is a very old TANG DYNASTY carved fish, looks like a carp. It is a very hard stone, could be jade or another hardstone of the era. It is small, about 2 3/4 in length, made to stand upright, I believe it is called an amulet. It came from an estate sale of a large quantity of Chinese antiquities. A couple had collected Oriental items over many years, and the entire collection had gone into an estate auction at an auction house. T were thousands of items sold, and I was lucky enough to win a few lots. I had gone to the auction to bid on other items entirely, but I could not resist bidding on some of this estate. They really are amazing items. I have had some displayed in cabinets, buy most have been stored away in boxes for some time. This fish was tagged by the collector as being from the TANG Dynasty or Era. I have learned that these stone items were not really carved as we would today. Because of its hardness, nephrite jade and other hardstones used at this time had to be shaped by abrasion with soft tools and hard sand pastes. This must have taken extreme patience and pride. Because of the strength of the stones used, items such as these have lasted for centuries without damage.
I am no expert on jade or other hardstone Oriental antiques, so I am relying on the pictures of the item to let you see the detail. < ... read more