Old Chinese Bronze Sculpture of a Heron Atop a Dragon Turtle & Lotus Leaf

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Fine Chinese bronze figure or sculpture of a magnificent Heron astride a Dragon Turtle with a baby turtle looking on from behind. The detail in the feathers, turtles' shells, legs and lotus leaf is exquisite - the underside of the piece is fully detailed.
This powerful piece combines naturalistic beauty with deeply profound Asian symbols of courage, good fortune and success. The bird is holding a single lotus bud in its' beak whilst it's wings project the sheer strength of the bird.
The dragon turtle (Lóngguī) is a legendary Chinese creature that combines two of the four celestial animals of Chinese mythology: the body of a turtle with a dragon's head is promoted as a positive ornament in Feng Shui, symbolizing courage, determination, fertility, longevity, power, success, and support.
On the neck of the Heron is a square receptacle for holding a possibly a 'joss stick'. Unique to this piece.
No markings.
Early to mid-20th century.
Condition is excellent with minor imperfections from the original casting. Rubbing to Herron's beak.
A magnificent piece worthy of admiration.
11" tall x 7" x 8".
5 pounds.

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