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Carved Panel Chinese Official Riding Chilin

Carved Panel Chinese Official Riding Chilin


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Architectural Elements: Pre 1900: Item # 719473

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 $350.00 
A 19th century Chinese panel carved in deep relief is centered with an official riding a chilin, a mythical beast that was an ancient Chinese symbol of high rank. Part unicorn, part dragon, part lion, the chilin is artfully carved with regal head, a flowing three-pronged tail and scales. Attendants holding a fan and a tray of food stand by on either side of the rider. The scene is bordered with graceful carvings of auspicious flowers--lotus, emblem of fruitfulness, on one end; peonies, omen of good fortune, on the other. The gilded carving is contained within a long cartouche. Framed in complementary dark, reddish wood, the panel originally was part of a larger piece, most likely a screen. One foot of the Chilin is damaged (see photo enlargement #7); otherwise the panel is in very good condition. It has been fitted with brass hangers. Dimensions: height 5-1/2" (14 cm), width 26-1/2" (67 cm), depth 1-1/4" (3 cm). SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM