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Post by NaomiM on April 23rd 2019, 3:21 am

A strange piece. The seller and I both thought it was carved wood until I did the scratch test on the base and found it was plaster. I’d assumed it was a carved wood piece from Bali - the eyes certainly look Indonesian . but now I don’t know what it is. Plaster is more commonly used in the West.

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Post by dantheman on April 23rd 2019, 10:55 am

the face shape looks totally different to any Indonesian carvings I have seen.

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Post by NaomiM on April 23rd 2019, 10:58 am

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Post by dantheman on April 23rd 2019, 11:02 am

nope, it looks like African features to me

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Post by NaomiM on April 23rd 2019, 12:20 pm

Fair enough, except that it’s plaster not wood which points to Europe rather than Africa. (No point making pieces from plaster in Africa when wood carving is so much cheaper and easier.)

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Post by Rochellewillow on April 24th 2019, 8:48 pm

Do you think it could be soapstone?
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Post by NaomiM on April 24th 2019, 10:10 pm

It’s possible but it’s not as cold or heavy as stone. And it’s as soft as plaster

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