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Mongolian Tournament Riders Carved Wood Panel

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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Pre 1900: Item # 715229

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This mid-19th century wood carving of two riders in a match similar to polo originally was part of a larger piece, as indicated by its two unfinished ends. It was taken from a longer panel, perhaps with a series of carvings that were on a door or screen. The horsemen are in ceremonial dress and once held long sticks that now are missing from the scene. They are surrounded by trees and foliage, and two low clouds swirl around the runner in front. Although the piece shows damage to the riders' hands, one horse hoof and the raised edge of the cartouche that encloses the scene, the carving communicates exuberance and the thrill of competition. A wall hanger has been added on the back. Dimensions: height 6" (15 cm), width 18-3/4" (48 cm), depth 1" (2cm). SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM