AGE: – 18th Century
CONSTRUCTION: – Ivory
DESCRIPTION: – Chinese Ivory Babies Carrying Good Luck Symbol – Very old ivory 18th Century, traces of gilding around the base.
HEIGHT: – 8cm
BASE DIAMETER: – 4.5cm
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18th Century Chinese Ivory Babies Carrying Good Luck Symbol for wealth and success. These Chinese figures sometimes referred to as twins are common figures found in Chinese myth and folklore. They are depicted in porcelain, resin, bone and bronze figures. Often these children are represented as a girl and a boy.
THE MYTH SURROUNDING THE POPULAR CHINESE BABIES OR CHILDREN
A Long ago in Wuxi, Jiangsu province in China, lived two fierce green lions that preyed on children. As there was no one in the village brave enough to defend the children from the lions, they offered prayers to the gods for deliverance.
On hearing the plight of these village folk, the celestial Jade Emperor sent two spirits to earth. They manifested in the form of two children or babies, who vanquished the lions through cunning and skill.
They’ve been revered ever since and placed in areas requiring protection and blessings.