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Pair of Tall, Heavily Carved Chinese Doors, Early 19th C.  

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DESCRIPTION: A pair of substantial, deeply carved Chinese doors originating from Zhejiang province and dating from the early 1800’s, Qing dynasty. These handsome, heavy solid elm doors still have all of their original pegs attached, which would have been set into round sockets at the top and bottom, allowing the doors to be opened and closed.

The top panels are carved with flowers and a repeating swastika pattern, the Chinese character meaning good fortune or longevity. A pair of carved citron, or Buddha’s Hand fruit, decorates the middle horizontal panels, so named because their form resembles a classic position of the Buddha’s hand. The large bottom panels each contain a rabbit in raised relief within a circle. The rabbit is the fourth position of the Chinese Zodiac, symbolizing such character traits as creativity, compassion, and sensitivity.

DIMENSIONS: 93 ¼” tall (2.37 meters) x 20” wide (51 cm) x 2 ¾” thick (7 cm).   Stock #ARCH13

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