Antique Ivory Carving - Warrior Princess

Antique Ivory Carving - Warrior Princess

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Antique Ivory Carving - Warrior Princess
Antique Ivory Carving - Warrior Princess
Antique Ivory Carving - Warrior Princess
Antique Ivory Carving - Warrior Princess
Antique Ivory Carving - Warrior Princess
Antique Ivory Carving - Warrior Princess
Antique Ivory Carving - Warrior Princess
Antique Ivory Carving - Warrior Princess

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AUCTION ESTIMATE = $15,000 Hand Carved Ivory - EXTREMELY RARE - STUNNING CARVING of a WARRIOR PRINCESS - 30+" - 16 POUNDS! This is an important Chinese ivory carving depicting a Warrior Princess carrying a flag in one hand and a sword in the other. She is dressed in full body armor that is deeply incised and decorated with numerous peony flowers and there is a large peony under her chin. She is wearing clothing consistent with that worn by those in the Peking opera in the play the Yellow Crane Tower. Her raising of the flag is also consistent with that of a high ranking warrior in that play. An intricately decorated mask of a Foo Dog can be seen on her belt. 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. On her back she has formal scrolling floral patterns. The bottom of the skirt has water, waves, rocks and sky as found on formal court dress from the Qing dynasty. Her headdress is magnificent! It is heavily decorated and displays the phoenix on each side. The phoenix is the emblem of the Empress. It only appears during times of peace and prosperity. It ranks second of the 4 supernatural creatures. A train of small birds is always in attendance when the phoenix flies. The phoenix represents the 5 Human Qualities - Virtue, Duty, Correct Behavior, Humanity and Reliability. It also represents sun and warmth for the summer harvest and symbolizes peace, beauty and good fortune. The Yellow Crane Tower is a famous and historic tower that stands on Sheshan (Snake Hill), at the bank of the Yangtze River. The Yellow Crane Tower is considered one of the Four Great Towers of China. Its cultural significance led to its being made the symbol of Wuhan City. According to legend, Yellow Crane Tower was built by the family of an old pothouse owner living in Wuhan City long ago, named Old Xin. One day, a shabbily dressed Taoist priest came to the pothouse and asked for some wine. Old Xin paid no attention to him, but his son was very kind and gave the Taoist some wine without asking for money. The Taoist priest visited the pothouse regularly for half a year when one day the Taoist said to the son that in order to repay his kindness, he would like to draw a crane on the wall of the pothouse, which would dance at his request. When people in the city heard of this, they flocked to the pothouse to see the dancing crane. The Xin family soon became rich and they built the Yellow Crane Tower as a symbol of gratitude to the Taoist priest. Legend states that one day a scholar was standing in the tower, when he saw a crane flying past. He asked to hitch a ride on the crane, which took him to the Celestial Palace, and he was never to be seen again. The Yellow Crane Tower has a very long and complicated history. It was first built in 223, during the Three Kingdoms Period (220 - 280). Due to the ideal location, it was built by Sun Quan (182 - 252, King of Wu) as a watchtower for his army. During the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907), many popular poems were written in praise of the Yellow Crane Tower. It was these poems that made the Tower so renowned and induced people to visit. During the following centuries, it was destroyed and rebuilt several times. During the Ming (1368 - 1644) and Qing (1644 - 1911) Dynasties alone the tower was destroyed seven times and rebuilt seven times. In 1884, it was completely destroyed in a fire and was not rebuilt until 1981. The tower had different architectural features in different dynasties. However the tower which stands today is based on the one designed during the Qing Dynasty. It stands about 168 feet. The appearance of the tower is the same regardless of the direction it is viewed from. The roof is covered by 100,000 yellow glazed tiles. With yellow upturned eaves, each floor seems to have been designed to resemble a yellow crane spreading its wings to fly. This is a wonderfully sculptured dynamic image of great importance. This is truly a prize to be cherished for a lifetime. The custom hardwood stand is, of course, included and is original to the piece. This piece is dual signed "Da Ming" on the underside of the base which translates to the "Great Ming". This carving is 100% genuine elephant IVORY and in EXCELLENT CONDITION other than a minor loss to the headdress which can easily be restored. It was HAND CARVED and HAND SCRIMSHAWED and DUAL SIGNED 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. In January of 2006 Columbus (the experts in Asian art) provided an auction estimate on this piece of $15,000. Auction estimates are conservative and typically well below appraised values. This marvelous and very unique carving would be a stunning highlight to any home or office and should only increase in value over the years. Dimensions: 30.50" x 13.25" x 11.25" Weight: 16 Pounds Signatures: Engraved - Da Ming - 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-050
  • Quantity
  • 1
  • Category
  • Fine Art
  • Department
  • Antiques
  • Year
  • See Listing
  • Dimensions
  • Width: 13.25 inches
  • Height: 30.5 inches
  • Depth: 11.25 inches
  • Weight: 16 pounds
  • Condition
  • See Listing
  • Material
  • Ivory

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