Antique Ivory Carvings - Emperor in Carriages with Prime Ministers and Pages

Antique Ivory Carvings - Emperor in Carriages with Prime Ministers and Pages

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Antique Ivory Carvings - Emperor in Carriages with Prime Ministers and Pages
Antique Ivory Carvings - Emperor in Carriages with Prime Ministers and Pages
Antique Ivory Carvings - Emperor in Carriages with Prime Ministers and Pages
Antique Ivory Carvings - Emperor in Carriages with Prime Ministers and Pages
Antique Ivory Carvings - Emperor in Carriages with Prime Ministers and Pages
Antique Ivory Carvings - Emperor in Carriages with Prime Ministers and Pages
Antique Ivory Carvings - Emperor in Carriages with Prime Ministers and Pages
Antique Ivory Carvings - Emperor in Carriages with Prime Ministers and Pages

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Hand Carved Ivory - EXTREMELY RARE - EXTREMELY INTRICATE - AMAZING CHINESE CARVINGS of EMPERORS in CARRIAGES accompanied by PRIME MINISTERS & PAGES - 18 1/2" - 21 POUNDS. These absolutely amazing works of art were carved in the early 1900s. The level of detail is nothing short of astonishing. Please look very closely at all of the pictures - especially the last one. The artist must have spent years carving these gorgeous works of art. GROUP 1: The first group has an Emperor riding in his carriage with a scroll in one hand and a Ju-i scepter in the other hand. The Ju-i in the ChÂ’ing Dynasty was presented to high court officials as a marker of Imperial favor. The Ju-i tradition is thousands of years old. Originally thought to be a short sword, used for pointing, it later became a primitive phallic symbol given by the Emperor to a favorite consort. It reached its present symbolism in the Tang Dynasty during the 7th and 8th centuries. A prime minister in full formal court dress from the 18th century holds a heavily decorated sword in this right hand and rests it on his shoulder. A page with a chain around his neck pushes the carriage. Dragons are everywhere! There is a dragon on each side of the carriage above each wheel, there are 4 dragons carved into his throne, dragons chasing the flaming pearl of knowledge on either side of the base of the carriage, a dragon carved into the back of the throne, a dragon carved into the floor of the carriage and a dragon carved in to the front of the carriage. GROUP 2: The second grouping has an Emperor riding in his carriage with both hands resting on his robe. A prime minister in full formal court dress from the 18th century stands at the front of the carriage and rests his left hand on the carriage. A page with a chain around his neck pushes the carriage. Dragons are everywhere! There is a dragon on each side of the carriage above each wheel, there are 4 dragons carved into his throne, dragons chasing the flaming pearl of knowledge on either side of the base of the carriage, a dragon carved into the back of the throne, a dragon carved into the Emperor's headdress, a dragon carved into the floor of the carriage and a dragon carved in to the front of the carriage. DRAGONS: 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 and symbolizes his power. The dragon is the symbol of the emperor and ranks first amongst the 4 supernatural creatures. Each group resides on a shaped sectional ivory base and comes with a hand carved hardwood base that is original to the piece. These carvings are 100% genuine elephant IVORY and in EXCELLENT CONDITION. They were HAND CARVED and HAND SCRIMSHAWED in China by a gifted master craftsman in the early 1900s. They have a lovely patina that nature has chosen to bestow upon them. These carvings are UNIQUE and exhibit 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. These carvings were legally imported into the USA and can only be shipped to locations within the USA. Dimensions (Each): 18.50" x 15.00" x 8.50". Weight of Ivory (Total): 21 Pounds, 2 ounces - 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-192
  • Quantity
  • 1
  • Category
  • Fine Art
  • Department
  • Antiques
  • Year
  • See Listing
  • Dimensions
  • Width: 18.5 inches
  • Height: 15 inches
  • Depth: 8.5 inches
  • Weight: 21 pounds
  • Condition
  • Excellent
  • Material
  • Ivory

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