Petrie-Rogers Gallery - Japanese Woodblock Prints

Large Qing Chinese Root Wood Scholar's Desk Sculpture

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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Pre 1900: Item # 721149
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Antique Chinese scholar's desk soft wood (possibly cypress) root sculpture depicting the "three star gods," representing longevity, happiness, and wealth. The god of wealth holds a small child representing wishes for future good fortune through healthy offspring. Measures nearly 11" high by 12" long. Late Qing dynasty to early Republic period. Very good overall condition. There is old bug damage to the back of two heads which appears at one time to have been filled (see enlargements 9 and 10). I have left these alone, but they could be easily disguised with a touch of stain. The piece is darker than the images suggest.