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    Sale 2625

    A Fine Collection of Chinese Bamboo Carvings from the Personal Collection of Mr and Mrs Gerard Hawthorn

    3 December 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 2306

    A VERY RARE BAMBOO CARVING OF FIVE BATS, WUFU

    Price Realised  

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    A VERY RARE BAMBOO CARVING OF FIVE BATS, WUFU
    QING DYNASTY, EARLY 18TH CENTURY

    Fluidly carved in the round and reticulated as five bats of differing sizes with outspread wings intervolved enclosing a loose small pearl-like sphere, their angular faces with pointed ears emerging from beneath the curled tips of the wings
    2 7/8 in. (7.2 cm.) wide


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    The five bats, wufu, represent the Five Blessings of health, wealth, long life, the love of virtue and a peaceful end to one's life.

    Provenance

    Sotheby's Belgravia, 1970's