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Scholar's Courtyard Carving

Scholar's Courtyard Carving


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Architectural Elements: Pre 1900: Item # 153013

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A bearded scholar gestures with a fan in this late 19th century Chinese relief carving. In old China, a fan often was used by scholars and officials as part of a gesture to emphasize a special point. Two visitors, a man and a woman, are shown outside the scholar's studio, which is suggested by a bit of roofline, window and a vase of flowers. Carved below the roundel is stylized bat, symbol of good fortune. A hanger has been added to the carving, which may have been an element in a large architectural piece. There is a slight separation between the two pieces of wood used for the roundel, and the outer edges show wear. Dimensions: height 19 1/2" (50 cm), width 15" (38 cm), depth 1 1/2" (3 cm)