Chinese Carved Bamboo Root
Contending for Wisdom Pearl
Circa: Qing, 19th century or earlier
13 in.(33cm.), W 6 in.(15cm.), D 6 in.(15cm.)
Minor imperfection, o.a. Very good condition!
Qing Dynasty era bamboo root carving known as Gratitude Offering for the altar.
Featuring two spiky scales Water Dragons emerging
from the rolling waves, fiercely contending for a wisdom pearl amid layers
of intertwining fire and mist. With a curvilinear carved-through in
twelve levels, in a naturally aged reddish brown; the piece is wonderfully
preserved and all its intricacies intact.