• AMB-06 Antique Carved Amber Toggle of An Ox

    Special Art Object

    0.00

    0.00

    (明代雕祥牛琥珀佩飾)This is a wonderful hand-carved old amber toggle, possibly from the Ming period. Because it is amber, it is light in weight. The wonderful cow or ox totally shows a sweet and soft nature with its carved face and eyes, with one of its feet curved under the body on the side. Toggle is a personal intimate object worn, often made of jade, amber, wood, ivory, and other precious materials. Old Chinese amber piece is rare. Partially because of its clarity and purity, objects made of amber are often regarded as Buddhist’s objects and are very sought after by collectors. The photos were taken in different light setting. The color of this object is more in the golden tone but with the variation of hues in the stone. Dimensions: 1 3/8” L x 7/8” W x 5/8” D

  • #AMB-01 Rare Antique Larger Size Amber Toggle with Liu-Hai

    Special Art Object

    0.00

    0.00

    AMB-01(明或清琥珀制劉海戲金蟾佩飾)This beautiful hand carved larger size antique Chinese toggle made of amber (Hu-Po, 琥珀) is about a size of a small palm. The subject matter is Liu-Hai(劉海)with his three-legged pet toad (蟾, toad, pronounced Chan)that is a symbol of wealth. One can see the wonderful workmanship and the natural variation of the beautiful colors of amber of the piece. “Liu-Hai Teasing A Pet Toad (劉海戲金蟾)”is a popular subject in Chinese art. The origin of the figure Liu-Hai is not known, but many thought it derived from Daoism. Whether he was a real human figure from the Five Dynasties or an immortalized figure in Chinese mythology, it all seemed to have come down to his escaping the political ruling at the time and choosing to become a hermit to devote his life to the Daoist's practice until he became a Daoist Immortal. The toad was a magical creature in mythology, who processed special super- natural power and was eventually tamed by Liu-Hai and became Liu-Hai's riding pet. The subject of Liu-Hai and Three-Legged Toad often is painted or done with a string of Chinese coins. Ats modern day, some businesses or stores place a golden Three-Legged Toad at the entrance to welcome the prosperity. The dimensions of this piece is 3” L x 1 7/8” W x 1” D.

  • #AMB-02

    Special Art Object

    0.00

    0.00

  • #AMB-03 Antique Chinese Hand-Carved Amber Toggle of Monkeys

    Special Art Object

    0.00

    0.00

  • #AMB-04

    Special Art Object

    0.00

    0.00

  • #AMB-05

    Special Art Object

    0.00

    0.00

  • #AMB-08 Ancient Chinese Carved Red Amber Toggle of A Mythical Animal

    Special Art Object

    0.00

    0.00

    (明代雕祥獸琥珀珮飾)This beautiful ancient Chinese toggle in the shape of a pebble is carved out of one piece of red amber (血珀)with a wonderful mythical animal in a reclining position with its head turning back with fine detail. One sees its wonderful face with big eyes, nose, and pointed ears. Its feet, spine, and tail are also carved in a wonderful stylized and scrolled design with very free lines. This piece came from the Yunnan area. One can see the beautiful translucent stone with dark red hue with lines inside. Dimensions: 1 7/8” L x 1 3/8” W x 1/2” D

  • #AMB-12

    Special Art Object

    0.00

    0.00

  • #AMB-15

    Special Art Object

    0.00

    0.00

  • #ART-001

    Special Art Object

    0.00

    0.00

  • #ART-003 An Ancient Handmade Iron Pot with Qian-Long Mark

    Special Art Object

    0.00

    0.00

    This large size beautiful iron pot with a great texture and a beautiful design was made in traditional style in separate sections before being welded together. The top, made in six separate sections, nears the thick rim carries a key design and other patterns while the bottom part, also made in six sections, has a wave design and various other patterns. The larger middle which was also made in six separate panels containing mostly floral design with one panel designated for characters such as "Qing Dynasty Qian-Long Fifty-Six Years (大清乾隆五十六年)“ and ”welded on September ? (九月?日鑄)“ and another panel with characters for location where it was made (樓院綘州北關金火匠) in ancient character and the names of the three metalsmiths. The body of the pot has two carrying handles with loops. The whole pot with a heavy weight is supported by three feet each with an animal head or a deity face. The usage of the pot is unknown. Dimensions: 31"H x 32"W x 37"D (including the handles)

  • #ART-004 A Pair of Massive Size Antique Wooden Gates Fully Clothed in Hand-Forged Iron Work

    Special Art Object

    0.00

    0.00

    This pair of massive size wooden gates fully clothed in hand-forged iron work looks like it could stop a whole army from invasion. Made with a purpose of showing the importance of the compound or a location it tried to protect, this impressive pair of gates gave an impression to many who said that it reminded them of the Forbidden City. With the complexity and the amount of time it took to create handmade iron work like this one with great texture and beautiful detail which separates it from any other ones made without the real handwork, this pair of compound gates has a great story behind its work. This pair of gates with the hand-beat and hand-forged iron work (including the many iron nails) is among disappearing arts and professions in modern China as few craftsmen can perform this type of metal work any more. This work was said to have traditionally been performed in a highly heated environment while the pupil handed tools and learned by watching only as the master concentrated in the work in a high temperature without splitting attention by talking. Hence, this work was generally taught in a non-verbal fashion. This pair of gates was carefully designed with each door containing nine larger size iron nails painted in gilt on each iron strip or belt. It also contains nine horizontal strips or belts in between the top and the bottom belt which frame each door. The design matches a Chinese idiom: Nine by nine is supreme. Traditionally, this pair of compound gates would have been placed under a larger and possibly elaborately carved wooden frame. The feet of the gates were placed on the indented circular carved holes on a pair of carved stone bases with carved Fu-lions. Stone steps were created where one would step up to enter the opened gate and stepped down to a court yard area. Dimensions (each door): 49” W x 4” D x 108” H

Contact us     

2404 Mission Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060   

Phone: (831)457-4422   email: customerservice@shensgallery.com