Antique Miniature Pair of Carved Tigers, China (16075BME) $250


Ht: 4.25  W: 6”  D: 3” | FREE SHIPPING

Although tigers tiger images are said to expel evil, protect Chinese homes and as  a male yang symbol that represents and stimulates one’s courage, these folk art chubby tigers have a friendly demeanor with smiling mouths, eyes staring upward, ears close to the face. Crouching on a pedestal with scalloped borders they grasp a round orb in their pudgy front paws.  Curly tails extend upwards from behind covered with carved indentations with radiating striations.   This pair would be an endearing, fanciful, quirky, and delightful addition to any environment.


This stylized pair of folk-art tigers covered with lacquer and highlighted with black pigment was incorporated as a decorative element in a larger item, maybe a bed frame or piece of furniture as there are indentations on top to insert vertical extensions. The tiger is one of many ancient mythical animals, and as the mount of the Taoist god Heavenly Master Zhang Tianshi tiger images are said to expel evil and are used as protective symbols in Chinese homes.  As a male yang symbol, the tiger represents and stimulates one’s courage, dispel demons and evil and also appeared on all kinds of children’s clothing, hats, collars, pillows and shoes as well as their assorted amulets as protective charms also used by adults.. The tiger is also one of the twelve animals of the zodiac, and in Neolithic times the white tiger was associated with the direction west and the autumn season. These charming creatures are in very good condition with minor surface losses consistent with age, carved from one piece of wood including their plinths. Along with other cultural and religious objects, many statue pairs perished during China’s modernization and genuine antique ones – especially pairs of objects – are increasingly difficult to find.

Additional information

Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 10 × 10 × 10 in
Place of Origin



Antique, Qing Dynasty


Late 19th Century

Materials and Technique


Dimensions (metric)

Ht: 10.79cm W: 15.24cm D: 7.62cm


2 lbs 5 oz


Very good, patina and wear consistent with age and use

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