Antique Asian Works of Art from Ancient East

Antique Chinese Red Ink Cake, Turtle Form

Antique Chinese Red Ink Cake, Turtle Form


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Scholar Art: Pre 1920: Item # 1163602

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DESCRIPTION: A red and gilt ink cake in the form of a turtle with a curled snake on its back. In ancient China, the tortoise and the snake were thought to be spiritual creatures symbolizing longevity. The symbol of Zhenwu, the Protector God of the North, is the tortoise and snake (or tortoise entwined by a snake) and dates back to the third century BC. Both the front and back have been finely pressed in raised relief with gilt accents. Excellent condition, in original box, and dating from the first quarter of the 20th C. or earlier. DIMENSIONS: 3” long (7.7 cm).