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Carved Ivory Table Screen Featuring the "Thirteen Foreign Residences"

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Period: Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
Medium: stained ivory, zitan wood, nanmu wood
Dimensions: height: 141 cm, width: 47.5 cm, length: 87 cm

The frame and stand of the table screen are made of zitan wood. The frame is carved with double lines and traditional motifs of kui-dragon and brocade knot. Bats and kui-dragons are carved in relief on the lower panel linking the ivory screen proper and the base of the stand. The aprons on either side of the screen and the feet of the stand are decorated with carved bats and scrolling grass. The screen proper is a picture of the "thirteen foreign residences of Guangzhou" inlaid with carved and stained ivory. It depicts the busy trading activities of Guangzhou, with a backdrop of the landmark Jinghai Gate, Wuxian Gate, and Mount Yuexiu. The screen is backed with a nanmu wood panel that is inlaid with stained ivory carved in the shapes of antiques, flowers, and butterflies. 

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