Here is an incredibly unique antique Chinese cane. The cane is made of a very substantial and sturdy hardwood and covered in beautiful, textural burls.
A "burl" is a tree growth that has grown in a deformed way.
As you can see, this cane has preserved and made use of the burls in a unique and artistic way.
The top of the cane bears a beautiful hand-finished carving depicting an aged, Asian man's head and face.
The figure is likely a portrayal of Zhong Li-Quan, one of the Eight Immortals.
The Immortals are essentially saints in Chinese mythology, each embodying a different practice, tradition or symbolism.
As the eldest of the group, Zhong Li-Quan is said to be the Immortals' leader. He is also said to possess the power to revive the dead.
As you can see, the face is shown with a great deal of realistic detail, showing the ravages of age and wear. Zhong Li-Quan is pictured with a beard and a cap to cover his bald head.
The cane is made from a single branch and maintains most its original, organic aesthetic except for the carving at the top. It is a very rich, dark shade of brown.
The burls are a slightly color with varying hues and areas of oxidization which give them incredible dimension and depth.
Some scratches and nicks can be seen on the shaft, but these are in keeping with the age and overall look of the cane. It remains in otherwise excellent antique condition.
This cane is unlike any others we've seen and will make a truly unique addition to your collection.
Measurements: 48 ¾" tall, 5" across at widest point Weight: 2 lbs., 10 oz.
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