This antique cane is unlike any we've seen before. From the blood-red color to the otherworldly carvings, it is truly a one-of-a-kind treasure.
The cane is made from a dense hard-wood and heavily lacquered with a bewitching shade of deep red.
Lü Dongbin, a member of the Eight Immortals, is pictured at the top of the cane.
He is rendered in beautiful detail and is pictured with a bald head and fantastic, realistic facial hair.
His face is serene and distinctly contemplative.
The deity Lü Dongbin is usually accepted as the de-facto leader of the Eight Immortals and is said to represent all things scholarly.
One aspect of this cane that we find absolutely incredible is the preservation and use of the naturally-occurring wood-burls as part of the overall decoration.
A "burl" is a tree growth that has grown in a deformed way.
The large burl below the handle is carved to resemble a Fu Dog, a classic Chinese symbol. These little "dogs" are actually early Chinese representations of lions.
They have traditionally stood guard at Imperial houses, palaces and tombs.
One burl is carved to resemble a cloud while the final two are figural representations of individuals deep in thought. This is in keeping with the scholarly motif of the cane.
The bottom of the cane is capped with a heavy iron ferrule.
The ferrule is shows some expected wear commensurate with its age, but remains securely affixed to the wood.
As you can see, some areas of the cane show a bit of wear and finish-loss, particularly near the handle.
This is also commensurate with the age of the piece and lends it an air of beautiful, old-world character.
Light areas of oxidization give the masterful carvings beautiful depth and dimension. Overall, the cane remains in very good antique condition.
This is an amazing cane / walking stick. It has big symbolism and is really just a beautiful piece of art. Very rare.
Measurements: 41" tall, 4" at widest point, Iron ferrule is 5" long Weight: 1 lb., 7 oz.