We've had this piece for many years, having bought it with an estate lot of Asian items.
This carved head amulet is the color of red amber. We can't say for certain if it's natural amber, man-made or a comination. It does create static as genuine amber does but there may be man-made resins that do that too.
The head is heavy, weighing 93 grams. It measures 3 inches across by 2 1/2 inches high. It's 1 1/4 inches thick.
The back is carved with two holes that are common to Asian amulets so this could be sewn into a garment. The earlobes also have holes.
The head has some nuances...at the right side of the nose, there's an extra nodule of resin. On the back, there's a surface crackle...very superficial on the top. The head stone is very smooth and polished. At the top of the head, you can see the irregular strokes of being hand-carved.
This is a very unusual piece. It has age. It has intrigue. We couldn't find anything like it on the Internet. It's in excellent vintage condition. Would make a fantastic pendant on a cord.
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