Charming Vintage Chinese Ivory Scene of Two Cats Playing "Go"
As you can see, the base and game table are comprised of a single piece of beautiful natural ivory while each cat is affixed to the sides.
You can see that the cats must have been carved individually due to their wonderful detail and decoration.
Even the base is embellished with simple scalloped accents around the sides.
Both cats have wonderfully emotive faces and are accented with beautiful hand-etched decoration.
You can see that they both rest their paws on their faces, as if contemplating their next move.
The cats' robes feature etched floral patterns and traditional Chinese medallions which have been filled with rich black pigment to give the design a greater sense of depth and dimension.
The board game at the center of the scene features three white pieces and three black. Go originated in China over 2,000 years ago and, despite its relatively simple rules, is noted for being rich in strategy.
You will notice that the figure shows some slight wear, particularly to the black game-pieces.
The piece exhibits a few light surface scratches here and there but remains in excellent vintage condition overall.
This would make a really a whimsical addition to your collection or a thoughtful gift for that special somebody.
Measurements: 4 1/4" long, 2" tall and 1 1/4" wide Weight: 94.9 grams (3.35 oz)
Item ID: 5537
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