A bamboo carving of the Hehe Erxian Qing Dynasty
Lot 314
A bamboo carving of the Hehe Erxian
Qing Dynasty
Sold for £12,500 (US$ 19,523) inc. premium

Lot Details
A bamboo carving of the Hehe Erxian Qing Dynasty
This lot is being sold under the Alpha Scheme
A bamboo carving of the Hehe Erxian
Qing Dynasty
Smoothly carved as the laughing Hehe Erxian, one relaxing atop Lake Tai rockwork and holding a blossoming lotus in front of a large lotus leaf, the other reclining below and holding a small box and cover over the raised left knee. 16cm (6¼in) high

Footnotes

  • 清 竹雕和合二仙

    The Hehe Erxian are characters originally based on the poet-monks of the Tang dynasty, Hanshan and Shide. In the Ming dynasty they began to be depicted holding a lotus and a box, and by the Qing dynasty the Yongzheng Emperor decreed that they should be known as saints of harmony and unity because they were so full of mirth.

    Compare a similar carving of the Hehe Erxian which was sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 30 May 2012, lot 4284.
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