Ivory pheasant

Abstract

This carved ivory sculpture depicts a pheasant, and probably dates to the 18th century. It comes in a pair with another carved pheasant, a female. This object is presumably the male because of the large beak and the feathers on his forehead. The pheasant is clutching in his mouth or chewing on a narcissus flower, based on the long leaves and shape of the bud. The narcissus is commonly depicted on wedding gifts, and not only portends good luck for the family, but also is a sign that the new couple will beget a first-born son within a year. The pheasant seems to be standing over a root that is covered with Li Chi fungus, a symbol of longevity. The carving is hollow in between the bird and the plant. Notice the detail of the leg even from the inside. This is a great piece. The age of the ivory can be seen by the discoloration. This object comes with a wooden stand

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