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Carved Hongmu Headboard from Qing Marriage Bed

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Architectural Elements: Pre 1900: item # 638991

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Carved Hongmu Headboard from Qing Marriage Bed
Fine relief carving on this late Qing Chinese bed panel expresses symbolic wishes for good fortune. Made of beautifully grained hongmu (Chinese mahogany), the long panel (88 inches) is suitable for use over a king-sized bed. Stylized characters and traditional symbols, most likely chosen by the parents who commissioned the work, were used to bestow wishes on the newly married couple for long and happy lives. Carvings within the three rectangular sections demonstrate the Chinese love of homonyms. Center roundels each contain carvings of bats, for which the word in Mandarin--"fu"--sounds similar to the word for good fortune, and so for centuries bats have been used to convey that sentiment. Detailed dragons carved at the edges of the three rectangular sections are the variety, among the five types of Chinese dragons, designated as nature nurturing symbols. Stylized calligraphy represents health and wealth. The pegs along the bottom of the panel were fitted into slots on a bed frame. This mid to late 19th century piece is in excellent condition. The wood is satiny smooth with a pleasing reddish tone. Dimensions: height 18" (45 cm), width 88" (224 cm), depth 1" (2.5 cm). SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM

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