A Large Art Deco Chinese Style Carved Open-Work Wooden Relief Screen Sculpture
A large (height 190cm) decorative art deco chinese style richly carved gilt and painted open-work wooden relief screen sculpture, ca. 1920. The top of circular shape with two carved gilt wood peacocks sitting on a tree in the center. The lower part flanked by a carved gilt wood fo dog head on each side. On a detachable black painted wood base. Can be used hanging on a wall with the base detached.
In decorative art, the peacock symbolizes dignity and beauty. In China, the bird was a symbol of the Ming Dynasty, representing divinity, rank, power, and beauty. The peacock with its tail of 100 eyes is also associated with the goddess Guan Yin. In this sense, the peacock resembles protection and holiness.
Foo dogs are actually lions. They originated in China, shi, meaning lion or shishi or stone lion. Foo dogs are symbolic, protective statues – one is female and one is male. The female represents yin and symbolically protects the people dwelling in the home, while the male represents yang, protects the structure itself.
Provenance: Restaurant Nimb in Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen.
Dimensions: Depth 12.0 cm (4.7 inches) x Height 190.0 cm (74.8 inches) x Length 138.0 cm (54.3 inches)
Price: 55 000 SEK (/)
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