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A CARVED BAMBOO LIUHAI AND TOAD

QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY

HEIGHT: 7CM

Carved from a single section of bamboo, Liuhai is seated with his left hand clutching a coin resting on his raised left leg. His right arm leans on his loosely- draped robe while the three-legged toad sits on his right thigh. His face is finely carved with squinting eyes and an open smile revealing his teeth.

SIMILAR EXAMPLE:
A bamboo carving of a similar motif of a Liuhai clutching a coin flanked by a toad is published in Zhongguo zhumu yajiao qi quanji Volume 1: Bamboo Edition 中國竹木牙角器全集1 : 竹刻器, 2009, p. 71, Catalogue No. 38.

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