GIA Certified Precious Opal Carving
This 1-of-a-kind, INCREDIBLY rare, GIA-certified natural opal carving depicts The Old Man of the South Pole with a young boy and a deer.
GIA Certificate Number: 6193650272
The carving weighs over 4,600 carats!!! (929.1 grams)
It measures 216 x 95 x 61mm. (8 1/2" x 3 3/4" x 2 3/8")
The natural precious white opal was originally mined from Coober Pedy, South Australia, and was like sent to Hong Kong for carving in the 1970s. It displays a play-of-color that features flashes of green, blue, violet, and purple.
The intricacy of the carving is simply amazing. It's possible to spend hours admiring the details of the figure.
The carving has been luster enhanced, which means it has a wax coating to prevent it from drying out and cracking. There is an area at the base of the carving that has been repaired.
The opal carving will be accompanied by its original, corresponding GIA Gemological Report.
The Old Man of the South Pole
In Chinese mythology, there's a tale of longevity that features The Old Man of the South Pole, also known as Shòu Xīng.
The Old Man of the South Pole is a Chinese mythological character that personifies the brightest star of the constellation, Carina. This star is named Canopus, which is also known as the Star of Longevity.
In this tale, there are two old men playing chess under a mulberry tree. The man sitting to the north of the chess board is Běi Dǒu 北斗, or the Northern Dipper. It is Běi Dǒu who records the date of death. The old man sitting to the south of the chess board is Nán Dǒu 南斗, or the Southern Dipper. Nán Dǒu records the date of birth.
These two men are visited by a youth who is destined to die at the age of 19. The young man brings gifts of wine and deer meat to the old men and, in exchange, is granted the gift of longevity, as Nán Dǒu transposed the characters, altering the young boy's date of death from 19 years of age to 91 years of age.
We have never seen a precious opal carving of this magnitude and quality before!
In 2013, an opal carving that weighed 655 carats and measured 4" x 2 1/2" sold for $6,500.00.
In 2011, an opal carving that measured 2 1/4" x 1 3/4" sold for $900.00.
In 2011, an opal carving that measured 2 7/8" x 2" sold for $750.00.
This carving is GIA-certified, stands 8 1/2" tall, and weighs ≈ 4,645.50 carats, which is over 2 pounds!!
It really should be displayed at GIA's World Headquarters in Carlsbad, California, but this is your opportunity to own a magnificent, museum quality, precious opal carving!