Antique Ivory Carving - Emperor, Warrior, Attendant and Foo Dogs

Antique Ivory Carving - Emperor, Warrior, Attendant and Foo Dogs

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Antique Ivory Carving - Emperor, Warrior, Attendant and Foo Dogs
Antique Ivory Carving - Emperor, Warrior, Attendant and Foo Dogs
Antique Ivory Carving - Emperor, Warrior, Attendant and Foo Dogs
Antique Ivory Carving - Emperor, Warrior, Attendant and Foo Dogs
Antique Ivory Carving - Emperor, Warrior, Attendant and Foo Dogs
Antique Ivory Carving - Emperor, Warrior, Attendant and Foo Dogs
Antique Ivory Carving - Emperor, Warrior, Attendant and Foo Dogs
Antique Ivory Carving - Emperor, Warrior, Attendant and Foo Dogs

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Hand Carved Ivory - This is an EXTREMELY RARE MONUMENTAL GROUPING of an EMPEROR, WARRIOR and ATTENDANT accompanied by 2 FOO DOGS. This incredible carving weighs an amazing 21 POUNDS and measures 18” x 17” x 10”! This is both an amazing and substantial work of art. The amount of detail the artist has carved into this piece is truly awe inspiring. All of the figures are dressed in Ming period costumes and are carved from solid ivory. There is an EMPEROR reading a book. Please note how the artist has taken care to carve the pages of the book, the incising in his chain mail and the folds in his robe in great detail. The chair upon which he sits is supported by four foo dog legs (see back of carving). His robes are beautifully incised. A dragon can be seen carved into his garment. The dragon is the symbol of luck, wealth, good fortune and wisdom. The dragon represents male vigor and fertility and is also the imperial emblem of the Emperor. The dragon is the symbol of the emperor and ranks first amongst the 4 supernatural creatures. The WARRIOR stands guard to the right of the emperor. He wears deeply incised chain mail, has a sword hanging from his side and holds a substantial spear to protect the emperor. The artist has also carved a fierce looking foo dog at the bottom of his garment. An ATTENDANT holds a gift, presumably for the emperor, and stands by the emperor's left side. The attendant also has deeply incised chain mail as part of his attire, a sword hangs from his right side and a foo dog is carved into the bottom of his garment as is the case with the warrior. Two foo dogs stand guard in front of the emperor, warrior and attendant. The MALE Foo Dog is resting its front paw on a brocade ball which represents the jewel of the law, a pearl or an egg enclosing a cub. The male with the ball represents Supreme Authority. The FEMALE Foo Dog has its front paw holding down a young cub. The female with the young cub represents prosperity and peace. The Foo Dog is the symbol of good fortune, luck and wisdom and is placed at the entrance of a home, temple, palace or other building to guard the occupants from evil and harmful spirits. The Foo Dog is the emblem of valor and energy – the indispensable compliments of wisdom. The entire group resides on a planked ivory platform that is heavily carved around the perimeter. The platform is supported by a number of nicely carved foo dog paws. The amount of detail in the piece is stunning. This carving is 100% genuine elephant IVORY and in EXCELLENT CONDITION. It was HAND CARVED and HAND SCRIMSHAWED in China by a gifted master craftsman in the early 1900s. It has a lovely patina that nature has chosen to bestow upon it. This carving is UNIQUE and exhibits beautiful IVORY GRAIN which is guaranteed to be clearly visible. The ivory has been highly polished and exquisitely detailed. The quality of the ivory, the quality of the carving and the quality of the scrimshaw work are all exceptional. This carving was legally imported into the USA and can only be shipped to locations within the USA. This piece would make an awesome addition to your collection of fine ivory Asian carvings and should only increase in value over time. Dimensions: 18.00" x 17.00" x 10.00" Weight: 21 Pounds - IF YOU WOULD LIKE ADDITIONAL PICTURES OF THIS ITEM THAT ARE LARGER AND SHOW MORE DETAIL, PLEASE SEND US AN E-MAIL AND WE WILL FORWARD THEM TO YOU. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST!

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Item Details:

  • Reference #
  • I-041
  • Quantity
  • 1
  • Category
  • Fine Art
  • Department
  • Antiques
  • Year
  • See Listing
  • Dimensions
  • Width: 17 inches
  • Height: 18 inches
  • Depth: 10 inches
  • Weight: 21 pounds
  • Condition
  • Excellent
  • Material
  • Ivory

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