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Chinese Qing Dyn Hand-Carved Wooden Sculpture 2 Fish Dragons & Pearl of Wisdom

Chinese Qing Dyn Hand-Carved Wooden Sculpture 2 Fish Dragons & Pearl of Wisdom
Chinese Qing Dyn Hand-Carved Wooden Sculpture 2 Fish Dragons & Pearl of Wisdom
Chinese Qing Dyn Hand-Carved Wooden Sculpture 2 Fish Dragons & Pearl of Wisdom
Chinese Qing Dyn Hand-Carved Wooden Sculpture 2 Fish Dragons & Pearl of Wisdom
Chinese Qing Dyn Hand-Carved Wooden Sculpture 2 Fish Dragons & Pearl of Wisdom
Chinese Qing Dyn Hand-Carved Wooden Sculpture 2 Fish Dragons & Pearl of Wisdom
Chinese Qing Dyn Hand-Carved Wooden Sculpture 2 Fish Dragons & Pearl of Wisdom
Chinese Qing Dyn Hand-Carved Wooden Sculpture 2 Fish Dragons & Pearl of Wisdom
Chinese Qing Dyn Hand-Carved Wooden Sculpture 2 Fish Dragons & Pearl of Wisdom
Chinese Qing Dyn Hand-Carved Wooden Sculpture 2 Fish Dragons & Pearl of Wisdom
Chinese Qing Dyn Hand-Carved Wooden Sculpture 2 Fish Dragons & Pearl of Wisdom
Chinese Qing Dyn Hand-Carved Wooden Sculpture 2 Fish Dragons & Pearl of Wisdom

Chinese Qing Dyn Hand-Carved Wooden Sculpture 2 Fish Dragons & Pearl of Wisdom

Artifacts, Antiques & Fine Collect i bles. Antique Chinese Hand-Carved Wooden Decoration. Two Fish Dragons Chasing the Pearl of Wisdom. The carp has leaped through the dragon's gate.

An old Chinese proverb li yú tiào lóng mén. A Dragon can be unseen or visible, minute or huge. However, always it is great.

This is an antique 160-year-old Chinese c. 1860 wooden carving of two intricately carved Fish Dragons chasing the famous Chinese Pearl of Wisdom. This hand-carved artwork measures approximately 31" long x 10" wide x 1 thick (79 x 25 x 4 cm). The two Fish Dragons on this carving were originally painted gold with red heads, but nearly all the paint has worn off. Please view the macro pictures to admire this intricately detailed carving, as they are part of the description.

Having been well loved for over a century and a half, it remains in very-fine condition with no repairs or restorations, although some of the edges show ancient wear and loss. The two Fish Dragons and the Pearl of Wisdom on this carving were originally painted gold and red, but nearly all the paint has worn off. However, upon careful examination, one can see several Chinese characters painted directly upon the Pearl of Wisdom. The Chinese dragon has long been an auspicious symbol of great and benevolent, magical power.

Is also a symbol of power, strength, and good luck. The movement of two Dragons "Chasing the Pearl of Wisdom" shows that the dragon is continually in the pursuit of wisdom. This symbolism was often used to honor. A person's success in passing the exceedingly difficult imperial examinations that were required for entry into imperial administrative service.

The four claws on each of the dragon's feet symbolize a person who had achieved a remarkably high imperial rank, as only those individuals could possess dragons that had four claws. {See macro photos # 4-5}. Historically, only the Emperor could have symbolic dragons that had five claws. Made of Chinese yumu (a type of elm) wood, this hand-carved decorative piece was probably once incorporated into a much larger piece of furniture like a wardrobe or bed (see last picture).

The curved shape and the two fish dragons Chasing the Pearl of Wisdom suggests that it was the keystone or center piece of the beautiful carved decorations that enclosed an elegant bed. During the Chinese cultural revolution most of these fabulous carvings were destroyed. Some were saved and warehoused until now. As China attempts to maintain her long cultural heritage, such carvings are no longer being allowed out the country.

This lovely example was obtained from a U. DETAILS OF "THE DRAGON'S GATE". On the Yellow River in China's Hunan Province, there is a waterfall called the Dragon Gate. It is said that if certain carp can climb the cataract they will transform into fish dragons-like the two shown here.

Every year in the third month of spring, they swim up from the sea and gather in vast numbers in the pool at the foot of the falls cascading from a legendary mountain. Many carp swim upstream against the river's strong current, but legend said that only 71 could make the climb in any year and were capable or brave enough for the final leap over the waterfall. If a carp successfully makes the jump, it was transformed into a powerful dragon-called a Fish Dragon, which is easy to spot in depictions of them by their fined tails and fish scales.

There is even a fish called the "Dragon Fish" that is highly prized in modern China since about 1980. The red and gold arowana came to symbolize luck, prosperity, and wealth in several Asian countries. The two Fish Dragons on this carving were originally painted gold and red, but nearly all the paint has worn off.

The image of a carp jumping over Dragon's Gate is an old and enduring Chinese cultural symbol for courage, perseverance, and accomplishment. Historically, the dragon was the exclusive symbol of the emperor of China and the five-character proverb, Li Yú Tiào Lóng Mén The carp has leaped through the dragon's gate. Was originally used as a metaphor for a person's success in passing the very difficult imperial examinations, required for entry into imperial administrative service. Many candidates would take the grueling exams, but only a very few would pass it and become part of the emperor's administration. The curved shape and the two fish dragons Chasing the Pearl of Wisdom suggests that it was the keystone or center piece of a beautiful carved woodwork that enclosed the elegant bed of a high imperial official who worked for the emperor.

This ancient Fish Dragon Headboard is a fine work of art and it is truly a museum quality piece of great historical significance. Its beauty and attention to detail is remarkable! MET, Qing Dynasty & Culture, NYC. Please examine the photos, some taken at 50x macro carefully as they are part of the description. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\China\Figurines & Statues".

The seller is "houghton-usa" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States, Germany, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Australia, Sweden, New Zealand, Switzerland, Norway, Bermuda.

  • Region of Origin: China
  • Animal Type: Fish Dragon
  • Age: Qing Dynasty
  • Primary Material: Wood
  • Theme: Dragon
  • Original/Reproduction: Antique Original
  • Features: Red & Gold Paint, Handcarved, Handpainted
  • Color: Dark Brown
  • Height: 31\
  • Chinese Dynasty: Qing (1644-1911)


Chinese Qing Dyn Hand-Carved Wooden Sculpture 2 Fish Dragons & Pearl of Wisdom