Limestone Foot Rest

c. 1900
$1,980 USD
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W: 13.0" D: 6.75" H: 6.75"
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This early 20th century foot rest from China's Shanxi province is simply designed with a rounded body and four square feet. Hand-carved of limestone, the footstool is patterned with rhythmic etchings and adorned on the ends with an eight-sided star, a symbolic depiction of the universe. It was believed that the Sky Emperor T'ai-Yi, a deification of primordial unity, resided at the top point of this star and ruled over all eight divisions of Heaven. Unlike wooden footstools that would have been placed before chairs or daybeds as a signal of status, this limestone foot rest was likely used in a garden before a drum seat or portable stool.

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