• Lot 366

    GROUPE EN IVOIRE SCULPTE POLYCHROME

    CHINE, REPUBLIQUE (1912-1949)

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    GROUPE EN IVOIRE SCULPTE POLYCHROME
    CHINE, REPUBLIQUE (1912-1949)
    Représentant un chou fermé sur lequel évoluent un gros criquet, un second plus petit, une coccinelle et deux autres insectes, socle en bois ; petites restaurations
    Longueur: 22 cm. (8 5/8 in.)


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    In Hidden Meanings in Chinese Art, p. 135, T. T. Bartholomew remarks, that because of its green (qing) and white (bai) colors, "the Chinese cabbage" (Brassica rapa var. glabra) is a pun for qing and qingbai, both meaning 'without stain,' as in a clean personal record." Bartholomew also notes that the second character of "cabbage" (cai) is a pun for "wealth," and that the Chinese believe that eating this vegetable will help one gain prosperity

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    Post Lot Text

    A STAINED-IVORY SCULPTED GROUP IN FORM OF A CABBAGE
    CHINA, REPUBLIC (1912-1949)