Chinese Rosewood Carving
Cowherd On Ox
Chinese, Circa: early 1900s'
4.25 in.(11cm), W 8 in.(20cm), D 3 in.(7.5cm)
Condition: minor age
cracks, o.a very good.
cowherd riding an ox is a celebrated motif seen in centuries of Chinese paintings
and sculptures, although what is not commonly comprehended is the spiritual message
in the symbolism. Here a joyous cowherd climbing on top of an ox, modeled in affable
planes of rounded edges, high hand polished to an unctuous mirror surface, culminating
in an accurately observed natural and enlivened juxtaposition. There is a few
minor age cracks otherwise in good condition.
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