We tried to contact you via your website but could not attach pictures, we were wondering if you could give us your professional opinion about this Buddha carving.
We believe it is jade of some type but are unsure as we have very few gemologists in our area. It is 14cm high 13cm wide and 9cm deep at the base. All we know is, it came from China. It was hand carved and is over forty years old. Any information you can give us would be greatly appreciated.
The carving you have in hand is a portrayal of an Arahat, or loosely translated it is a Lohan, who has achieved the initial stage of enlightenment and has escaped the physical bonding of self to this materialistic earthly world. A Lohan is always known for his great wisdom, courage and supernatural power to fight evil.
I would think that your carving is a Nephrite Jade. The whitish and slightly greasy surface is quite typical of nephrite from China, where they called it Mutton Fat jade. On the order of rarity, Mutton Fat jade ranks almost the top quality in nephrite when a jade piece is of even whitish color. A more common color of nephrite is green and grayish Caledon.
From this post, Jadeite Jade vs Nephrite you can see some of the different characteristics of the two varieties of jade. The Moh’s scale of hardness on Nephrite is around 6. If you use a small hexagonal quartz with a pointed tip to scratch the base of the jade, you may be able to make a clear indentation.
Thank you Chapman