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CHINESE IVORY CARVING OF FEMALE WARRIOR
This early 20th century ivory carving of a Chinese female warrior ¡°MULAN¡± is 11 inches tall (including the base, it is 12 ½ inches tall), 2 ½ inches wide and 1 ¾ inches thick. It depicts the legendary heroine ¡°MULAN¡± dressed as a warrior. Her right hand holds a sword; her left hand holds a spear. She carries a bow and a quiver of arrows on her back. There are three tiger head designs on her armor; two smaller ones are on her shoulders and larger one is hanging on the front. According to a popular story, ¡°MULAN¡± had to dress like a young man and go to war because her father was too old and her brother was too young. No one discovered her true identity until the war was over. The workmanship of this piece is superb. Not only does it show her strength as a fearless warrior, but also presents her feminine side as a young lady. Her earrings, the flowers on her helmet, the knot on her sword and the embroidery on her robe combine with all her weapons to make this statue different and elegant. The base is carved from an unknown hard wood. The top of the spear has been repaired. Aside from that, it is in excellent condition.


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