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Blog 47 - Ancient Treasures



I have been searching for information about this scarf from the Orient. I sent a quick photo of it to Chinese and Japanese friends to get a translation of the calligraphy. I had another look at the photo I sent to them and see I kept it in place on my table with the same carving I showed you yesterday with my Surreal Winged Lady. What an extraordinary resemblance there is between the shape of the surreal creature and the shape of the ancient oil lamp, or whatever antiquity it is. Can you see it?



I don’t have a story about my scarf, as it is shrouded in mystery. Don’t know where I bought it.....it might be Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau or anywhere in Mainland China where we travelled extensively in 1979 long before the country was open to gweilos like me. I have also found a ticket to an exhibition of antiquities in Hong Kong  so maybe I bought it then as a reminder of a cultural heritage older than my own.



My Chinese friend thinks the characters are in the style of very ancient writing which was done on bone or tortoiseshell and my Japanese friend thinks she has identified some words, old, world and treasure. So, over to you reading my blog.....I would be pleased to have any more suggestions. I have had the scarf for a long time.



I already told you I bought the fish-like carving at the Ham Fair. I was very excited to find it as I bought a piece of similar work in Bali of a horse’s head as a gift for an equine-mad daughter. It must be exciting for an artisan to start with a piece of burl wood combining quirky nature with realism.



So here I am, seeing a connection through shapes, that of an ancient oil lamp on my mystery silk scarf from the Orient and my impulsive purchase, probably Indonesian, at a very English village green fair!



I had intended writing about a Hermes scarf today, but seeing these two objects together set me off on another track. No mysteries tomorrow. The Hermes came straight from Paris, but ah! .......which one?



Busy Bee, Scarf Face!

Blog 47.

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dianejben
26 oct 2020

Whoops! I meant Tai Tam.

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dianejben
26 oct 2020

Ha, I'm in Hong Kong - your old stomping ground. Today was Cheung Yeung, the annual grave-sweeping festival which I'm sure you remember. Though most people simply took to the hills to enjoy the spectacular weather. We hiked from Violet Hill to Two Tam. Tough but very rewarding.

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Hazell Jacobs
Hazell Jacobs
25 oct 2020

Thank you Diane for that latest comment. My scarves will be treasured forever like the ancient cauldron. I wonder in which country you are living?

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dianejben
25 oct 2020

Further to Laura's comment, my Chinese friend, a specialist in Chinese paintings for Christie's says the characters state: " An inscription from an ancient cauldron, forever treasured, and created in the yimao period."

She also adds that it's probably derived from a rubbing from a bronze vessel or cauldron, a pastime of the literati.

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Hazell Jacobs
Hazell Jacobs
12 may 2020

Laura.....that is absolutely brilliant. It is so rewarding for me when I get feedback. Please thank Alex for her input. I had no idea when I started writing the scarf blogs that it would be so much fun whilst I am incarcerated in the home. I hope they take my readers to their own special memories. We are leaving the Far East tomorrow, but I am sure we will return.

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