Pair of Narrow Carved Panels
Shanxi, circa 1900
This pair of tall, carved panels would once have formed part of an interior divider in a Chinese home in Shanxi province. Today they could either be stood on the floor in the stands provided either side of an entrance or as a narrow decorative screen, or can be removed from the stands for use as wall decoration. The open panels towards the top of each panel are made from rounded sections of wood that fit together with mortise and tenon joints. These are set between closed panels decorated in carved relief with stylised dragons and long life symbols. Now quite difficult to come by, these could be used in a variety of ways to add character and interest to any interior.