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    Default Found in CHina - what are these walnuts for ?



    came across these in a few places in China ...... they seem to cost from a couple of dollars to a few hundred dollars for a pair

    forgot to ask the vendors while I was there so checking with anyone who knows a little information on these ?

    are they natural or carved ? what are they used for ? or just only for display ? etc etc

    thanks for any advise

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    They are from the eunuchs?

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    USD$2000 for a pair of chinese nuts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kei1309 View Post
    USD$2000 for a pair of chinese nuts?
    Only one eunuch can produce two in his lifetime.

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    seriously , any clues ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ed9119 View Post
    seriously , any clues ?
    I thought I posted up some links...

    They seem to be walnut shell carvings, but the examples I found look so much nicer than what you have posted..

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    Quote Originally Posted by edutilos- View Post
    I thought I posted up some links...

    They seem to be walnut shell carvings, but the examples I found look so much nicer than what you have posted..
    walnuts before they were carved?

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    Quote Originally Posted by edutilos- View Post
    I thought I posted up some links...

    They seem to be walnut shell carvings, but the examples I found look so much nicer than what you have posted..
    yes thanks .... but the ones i have come across seem like naturally formed
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    doesn't seem to be anything special about those walnuts uncle Ed saw. no markings or anything whatsoever.

    might just be another tourist souvenir where they claim the markings are carved. much like the "ancient" chinese coins sold at tourist traps

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    It's for massaging the hands one is it?

    Or you crack open got small child one?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bonrya View Post
    It's for massaging the hands one is it?

    Or you crack open got small child one?
    Since you mentioned it is sold in a pair, I think possible that it is those massage the hand one. Put a pair in your hand and rotate them around your palm

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    Quote Originally Posted by tsumetiv View Post
    Since you mentioned it is sold in a pair, I think possible that it is those massage the hand one. Put a pair in your hand and rotate them around your palm
    For massage is 2 large metal balls not walnuts.

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    Or are they rocks that are carved to look like walnuts?



    Quote Originally Posted by cks2k2 View Post
    For massage is 2 large metal balls not walnuts.
    Walnuts to massage the nuts

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    Quote Originally Posted by cks2k2 View Post
    For massage is 2 large metal balls not walnuts.
    Global Times - Hand massage is the nuts

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    Quote Originally Posted by allenleonhart View Post
    walnuts before they were carved?
    I think so... I've been looking for all things I can think of...

    But carvings seems to tie in more with what is in the pictures, there are stands for the walnuts. Suspect it is one of those customisable things - instead of having a stack of blank seals to carve, you have blank walnuts to carve?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinholecam View Post
    Or are they rocks that are carved to look like walnuts?
    Won't it be easier to buy a walnut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tsumetiv View Post
    You have got to be kidding me........

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    Walnut art maker: Lu Xiaorong CCTV News - CNTV English

    I think walnuts are actually being use for quite a number of things

    1) food (obviously) it is a good source of chinese herbs - known to be good for the brain.
    2) Art
    3) Medical usage - massage the hands (normally two or more would be needed)
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    Default Re: Found in CHina - what are these walnuts for ?

    Quote Originally Posted by edutilos- View Post
    I think so... I've been looking for all things I can think of...

    But carvings seems to tie in more with what is in the pictures, there are stands for the walnuts. Suspect it is one of those customisable things - instead of having a stack of blank seals to carve, you have blank walnuts to carve?
    yep. i'll think yours is the most plausible

    hand nuts is the next most likely, judging from the stand pairs...
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