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Ivory sticks pierced with fishscale design above the shoulder and painted in water-colours and silver. Carved ivory guards. (24+2) Red silk stringing. Iron/steel rivet Front: Reserved in a pierced fishscale ground is an asymmetrical design of two birds perching on a prunus branch with flying birds on each side. Above the stringing there is a border of silver and green Chinese cloud scroll, and below the pierced area, the same in blue. The area below the shoulder is painted with flowers and foliage. Reverse: The same design reversed. Guards: A floral spray is carved out of the surface and at the top a cloud scroll.
Chinese for European market
China (maker) (country)
Chinese (maker) (nationality)
Ivory sticks pierced with fishscale design above the shoulder and painted in water-colours and silver. Carved ivory guards. (24+2) Red silk stringing. Iron/steel rivet
length: (guards): 26.1
late 17th Century
circa 1680 to 1700
Purchased with a grant from the National Heritage Memorial fund and a gift from The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum
M.87-1985 (Applied Arts)