I can tell you that this is made of solid rosewood. One of the ears was repaired at one time and the glue dried and it fell off. I have the ear, but I’d rather see a professional do the repair. There is another repair that can be noted on the front right shoulder, again not well done but the piece is intact and a professional could restore it well. There is a crack up the back that basically comes from expansion and contraction of the wood over time due to humidity and temperature changes (my best guess from being a carpenter).
The statue itself weighs 7 pounds and measures 14” long, 6” deep, and 7 1/2 inches high.
The base weighs 2 pounds and measures 16” long, 9” deep, and 1 3/8” high.
There is an old paper label on the bottom that is visible in the pictures. I have no idea what language the writing is in.
If I’ve missed anything or the pictures don’t come through again, please let me know.
AW says: Hello Roy, what you have is a nice antique Japanese rosewood hand carved buffalo statue. Judging from the patina, the age cracks, the wear and paper lable on the bottom it looks to be circa late 1800s, to early 1900s.
The fact that it has it’s own custom made base indicates good quality.
It’s very likely an import piece, made for a Western market.
The damage on this is pretty significant, I’m afraid to say. The ear isn’t so bad, but that split in the back is going to take off a lot of value.
It’s still a wonderful piece and well worth having, but it’s not at the top of the price scale for this type of work due to the damage. The appraisal reflects the condition it’s in now. In my opininion, having the ear professionally restored will add 20-30% to the values below.
Quick Sale $45