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Zitan Wood Imperial Throne Craved with Dragon and Cloud Motifs

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Period: Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
Medium: zitan wood

The zitan wood imperial throne is in the form of an armchair with three-panel-screen-form upright back and armrests. The back panel is pierced with dragon and cloud motifs set within a frame carved with relief tendrils. The panels forming the armrests are also pierced with dragon and cloud motifs, but set within a frame of fret-like stylised dragon motifs carved on recessed ground, to a double-face effect. The seat panel is inserted within a mitre-joint frame with the Eight Daoist Treasures carved in relief along the outer edges. The contracted waist below the seat is carved in relief with the Eight Buddhist Treasures. The throne is supported on four cabriole legs lavishly carved with dragon and cloud motifs, and terminated in outward scrolling hooves resting on a base stretcher featuring two interlocking coins. This throne is noted for its superb timber material and exquisite carving. The Eight Daoist Treasures and Eight Buddhist Treasures are traditional decorative motifs symbolising longevity among other auspicious implications.

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