Important Ancient China Hand-Carved Effigy of a Pug Dog, Ming Dynasty 1368-1644

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China, a carving of a canine “Pug”, limestone, measures: 38 cm, 15” H, Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644 CE

The hand carved beast shown on its haunches with naturalistic joyful expression and a well defined compact head, ears, noes, eyes, feet, and tail parted to one side on reverse with distinctive collar ornament seated four square on a thick base all-over showing a weathered surface from significant age.
Formerly exhibited “Asia Week” New York City, Fuller Building, Hutton Gallery 2006.

Provenance: ex collection luoyang, Henan Province, China.

Includes custom display base

Schneible Fine Arts LLC catalog reference: 35 years collecting 35 treasures, Number 35, p.76 (photo)

In ancient China, it is a well-known fact that several types of small dogs were bred and were favored pet gifts between emperors and kings including Lion Dogs, Pekingese and Lo-sze breeds. Some Lo-sze are pictured wearing collars with bells a frequent combination fancied by European royalty of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Lo-sze or pugs were prized for their compact body, good bones, flat face, square jaw, short coat, curled tail, side set back ears, and temperate disposition.

History:
Placing stone animals in important tombs can be traced back at least to the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BCE), some two thousand years ago. In ancient times, stone animals and human figures placed before imperial tombs symbolized royal power and privilege in addition to decorative functions.
The first Ming tomb was built in 1409, and the last one in 1644.

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Details
Of the Period
Ming
Place of Origin
China
Date of Manufacture
15th Century
Period
15th Century and Earlier
Materials and Techniques
Hand-Carved   Limestone
Condition
Good
Wear
Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses.
Dimensions
15 in. H x 7 in. W x 8 in. D
38 cm H x 18 cm W x 20 cm D
Dealer Location
Shelburne, VT
Number of Items
1
Reference Number
LU128926599943
Address
Schneible Fine Arts LLC
837 Bay Road
Shelburne VT 05482
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(802) 739-0077
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