Wood Carved Ancestor

c. 1800
W: 3.5" D: 2.5" H: 7.5"
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Ancestor worship was an integral part of traditional Chinese home life. This carved figure bears the likeness of one of its original owner's important forebears. A cat curves around his right leg. Cat (Mao) and octogenarian (Mao) are phonetic twins, making the cat a powerful symbol associated with age, ancestry, and wisdom. The carved slot in the figures back was a receptacle for written prayers. Taken altogether, this diminutive carved sculpture was a treasured keepsake and vital connection to its owner's family history.

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