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16054

Carving of a Miniature Deer
Item No. 16054

19th - 20th Century, N/A, China
Wood
5" x 4.25" x 1.5"
( 12.7 x 10.795 x 3.81 cm)
(H x W x D)

This charming wood carved image of a deer was probably once part of a large array of carved images that were placed on a home shrine or part of an architectural rendering. He is whimsically carved with delicate features set off by the striations on his body representing his fur. Deer occur frequently in the art of China. Since the Chinese believed that deer lived to a very great age, they became a symbol of long life. It was believed that deer were the only animals that were able to find the sacred fungus which insured immortality. Thus, renderings of deer as decorative elements were intended to bring to those who lived with them a long and healthy life. They are also auspicious symbols which portend a sudden increase in one's fortune.

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