Very well-carved hardstone mules in excellent condition. They are in a walking stance on a rectangular pediment with a bell depicted around each neck, and each saddle has the Shou character and Buddhist emblem. The Shou character stands for longevity, and is thought to bring good fortune.
Country of Origin: China.
Medium: The mules are hardstone. Their bases are wood.
Size: 5 1/2 inches tall.
Marks: Shou on each saddle. Also a Buddhist emblem on each.
Color: They appear to be black in color, but may possibly by a very deep blue or green.
Provenance: I purchased these from Chait Gallery approximately ten years ago, and have enjoyed them since. They are fascinating.
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PAIR of Well-Carved Vintage Chinese Hardstone Mules With Wood Stands