Antique Ivory Carvings - Foo Dogs and Baby Foo Dogs

Antique Ivory Carvings - Foo Dogs and Baby Foo Dogs

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Antique Ivory Carvings - Foo Dogs and Baby Foo Dogs
Antique Ivory Carvings - Foo Dogs and Baby Foo Dogs
Antique Ivory Carvings - Foo Dogs and Baby Foo Dogs
Antique Ivory Carvings - Foo Dogs and Baby Foo Dogs
Antique Ivory Carvings - Foo Dogs and Baby Foo Dogs
Antique Ivory Carvings - Foo Dogs and Baby Foo Dogs
Antique Ivory Carvings - Foo Dogs and Baby Foo Dogs
Antique Ivory Carvings - Foo Dogs and Baby Foo Dogs

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Hand Carved Ivory - This is a VERY RARE MATCHED SET of SOLID IVORY FOO DOGS with BABY FOO DOGS weighing an astonishing 17 pounds in total and each FOO DOG measures 14 1/2" in height without the custom hardwood stand! This is a stunning and extremely substantial matched pair of fine solid ivory Foo Dogs with their baby Foo Dogs surrounding them. They reside on engraved octagonal sectional ivory bases. The artist has done a terrific job of both carving and highlighting this beautiful pair. Each Foo Dog is displayed on a custom hand carved wooden stand. 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 male and female Foo Dog each have one baby Foo Dog crawling up their side. Each also has two other baby Foo Dogs at their feet looking up at and seemingly in awe of them. The Foo Dog is the symbol of good fortune, luck and wisdom. Guardians such as these are placed at the entrance of a home, temple, palace, or other building to guard the occupants from evil and harmful spirits. Foo Dogs are the symbols of valor and energy – indispensable compliments of wisdom. Each Foo Dog is signed "Qianlong nian zhi" in ancient seal script on the underside of the base. This translates to "Made in the reign of the Qianlong Emperor" (1736-1795). These carvings are 100% genuine elephant IVORY and in EXCELLENT CONDITION. They were HAND CARVED and HAND SCRIMSHAWED and SIGNED 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. This amazing pair of Foo Dogs will provide a stellar addition to your collection of fine ivory carvings and should only increase in value over time. Dimensions (each): 14.50" x 8.00" x 7.00" Weight of Ivory (combined): 17 Pounds Signatures: Engraved - Qianlong nian zhi - 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-446
  • Quantity
  • 1
  • Category
  • Fine Art
  • Department
  • Antiques
  • Year
  • See Listing
  • Dimensions
  • Width: 8 inches
  • Height: 14.5 inches
  • Depth: 7 inches
  • Weight: 17 pounds
  • Condition
  • Excellent
  • Material
  • Ivory

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