• Lot 259

    BATEAU EN CORNE DE RHINOCEROS SCULPTEE

    CHINE, CIRCA 1900

    Price Realised  

    BATEAU EN CORNE DE RHINOCEROS SCULPTEE
    CHINE, CIRCA 1900
    L'embarcation constituée d'un tronc d'arbre noueux rehaussé de branchages feuillagés dont une branche de pin formant un dais au-dessus de l'Immortel Zhang Qian tenant un sceptre
    Longueur: 23 cm. (9 in.)


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    The figure seated in the raft is Zhang Qian, the famous Han dynasty explorer and imperial envoy. He was the first diplomat to travel to Central Asia and brought back information to the imperial court which facilitated the opening of the Empire to commercial trade with its neighbours. According to legend, his travels were also in search of the Yangzi River, hence the popularity of making wine-pouring vessels using him as the main subject matter.
    Compare with earlier examples from the largest collection of rhinoceros horn carving of rafts at the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin and illustrated in J. Chapman, The Art of the Rhinoceros Horn Carving in China, London 1999, pp.78-81.

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    Post Lot Text

    A CARVED RHINOCEROS HORN BOAT
    CHINA, CIRCA 1900