Chinese Ivory Carving
Late 19th - early 20th century
in.(23cm.), w.2.5 in.(6cm.), d.1.25 in.(3cm.)
–Measurement includes 1"H
wood base –
are delighted to offer this pair of medium size antique Chinese
Emperor and Empress ivory carvings. The royal couples are wearing
the imperial Ming Dynasty robes carved in low relief. The motif
of the emperor depict a of seven dragons frolicking above the
waves. His left hand holds a taotie masked sword, while his
right hand strokes his long beard in a thoughtful but dignified
manner. The empress is wearing a well carved phoenix crown,
her robe depicts four phoenixes flying with cloud motifs. In
view of the "yu-yee" (as-you-wish) held in her right, and the
pointed finger of her left, the empress is subtlely in the gesture
of bestowing blessings.
ivory is beautifully marked and grained, with an elegant cream
white color on both front and back sides. It bears an aged look
and is attributed to the early 1900s. The carving measures eight
inches plus a one inch height wood base. There is no damage
other than one 0.25 inch hairline to the rear of the crown.
Overall, this ivory carving is in excellent condition.