|Title:||TOGGLE MAN WITH TIGER|
|Size:||1.75" x 1.25" x 0.50"|
Boxwood carving of a young man holding a Tiger. The 14th of the 24 Paragons of Filial Piety this toggle depicts a young son who wrestles a tiger to the ground in order to save his aging father. The tiger in the carving has the face of a tiger but the body is seen without stripes and could be read as a cat. This carving intentionally could be read two ways; the first being the 14th Paragon of Filial Piety in which the man is wrestling with the tiger, while the second way to view the carving is that the man is at ease with a cat. The word “cat” in Chinese (Mao) is synonymous with the word for Octogenarian (Mao). In this carving the Young man is also surrounded by clouds of Ling-chih (the sacred fungus of immortality). The whole could be read as a wish for a long life to a father from a loyal and loving son.
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