China, a carving of a canine “Pug”, limestone, measures: 38 cm, 15” H, Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644 CE
The hand carved beast shown on its haunches with naturalistic joyful expression and a well defined compact head, ears, noes, eyes, feet, and tail parted to one side on reverse with distinctive collar ornament seated four square on a thick base all-over showing a weathered surface from significant age.
Formerly exhibited “Asia Week” New York City, Fuller Building, Hutton Gallery 2006.
Provenance: ex collection luoyang, Henan Province, China.
Includes custom display base
Schneible Fine Arts LLC catalog reference: 35 years collecting 35 treasures, Number 35, p.76 (photo)
In ancient China, it is a well-known fact that several types of small dogs were bred and were favored pet gifts between emperors and kings including Lion Dogs, Pekingese and Lo-sze breeds. Some Lo-sze are pictured wearing collars with bells a frequent combination fancied by European royalty of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Lo-sze or pugs were prized for their compact body, good bones, flat face, square jaw, short coat, curled tail, side set back ears, and temperate disposition.
Placing stone animals in important tombs can be traced back at least to the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BCE), some two thousand years ago. In ancient times, stone animals and human figures placed before imperial tombs symbolized royal power and privilege in addition to decorative functions.
The first Ming tomb was built in 1409, and the last one in 1644.
- Dimensions: N/A
- Reference Number: 2041