Late 20th Century Chinese Fruit Arrangement With Symbolic Peach, Carved Wood Wall Panel
A vintage wood high relief wall panel that has been carefully hand carved. This rectangular piece of art depicts a basket of fruits with a symbolic peach as the center piece, as well as (Straw)berries, dragon fruits and grapes. Decorative Greek Key pattern border. This would mostly likely have been a panel in a larger piece of furniture, nowadays these panels are used as a decorative wall hangings.
Dimensions: L13", H8.5", D.75". Very good condition.
The peach tree symbolizes longevity. The wood from the tree is said to ward off evil, and ancient warriors crafted weapons from it. The peach fruit, similar to the tree as a whole, symbolizes a long and healthy life. The fruit also bears associations of perpetual vitality. It is said that the Peach plant of immortality, located in the Kun Lun mountains, would produce fruit only once every 3,000 years. When this happened, the Eight Immortals (a legendary group of enlightened ancient beings) would gather and eat of the magic fruit, assuring their immortality.