Lovely, large old Chinese wood carving with a warrior, lady and an emperor.
Large single piece of a very heavy, dense hardwood. The carvings on the wood are large and bold. The detailing is large and deep. The figures are well carved with clothing folds, headdresses, sword, fan, and facial features. The carvings also have rocks and free formed clouds. There is a dark lacquer or paint coating the carving. The wood underneath has an almost reddish color. Wood rings are visible on the sides of the wood. There are small pin holes and lines made from burrowing insects. The piece is definitely old.
19” (48.3 cm) wide x 9” (22.9 cm) tall x 2 ¾” (7.0 cm) deep. Weighs 5 lbs 4.8 oz (2.4 kg)
As previously mentioned, the wood has worm pin holes and lines. Although the carving is in pretty good shape, part of the pheasant feathers on the emperor’s headdress is missing. The finish has losses in many places. Someone has put an eye hook on the top for hanging. Despite these damages, the carving is very impressive and looks very good. It is a large and well carved piece.
This carving would look great well lite on a wall. A bold work of art.