Chinese opera characters are carved in relief on this late 19th century wood roundel. The central character strokes his beard and looks pleased; the figure on the right thrusts his drinking cup aloft. In the background, a barefoot servant runs off holding a small scroll. A bat, Chinese emblem of good fortune, is carved into the base of the piece. While the two main characters on the roundel are in excellent condition, the figure of the running servant is inexplicably worn on the face (see photo enlargement #2). The roundel hangs from a decorative Chinese brass hanger. A small separation between the two pieces of wood used to create the roundel does not detract from the scene. Dimensions: height 15 ½” (39.4 cm), width 11 ½” (29.2 cm), depth 1” (2.5 cm).