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China Old saddle wood 


China Old saddle wood qing

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Furniture: Pre 1920: Item # 1100173
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A strong large-ish saddle. In the Qing dynasty, the Manchus ruled China. They did not allow Han Chinese to be in the military. When a Han Chinese retired, he sometimes was gifted with a wooden saddle by the emperor as a sign of respect, he could not use it because he was not in the military but he could show it off. (Chinese could not serve in the Manchu Military; they could not get into the officers’ quarters, there was a sign posted outside) I believe I learned that in my student days and/o for details