Dimensions: 17-1/8" H x 10-1/4" W
Rare, Stunning, Chinese Lapis lazuli table screen. Chinese Lapis Lazuli rectangular table screen with inlaid semi-precious hardstones upon tall hardwood frame. Semi-precious stones include carnelian, agate, lapis-lazuli, jadeite, amber, and turquoise inlaid on lapis-lazuli plaque depicted three myth snarling imperial five claws dragon careening through cumulus clouds above thrashing Li-Shui waves in a gilt color dragon squama rounded the bowl to chasing flaming pearl amidst flames. Dragon is the symbol of the Emperor, the Son of Heaven, eternity, Yang and Yin, male vigor and fecundity, the Li-Shui wave pattern which is known to be the abode of dragons. The dragon is also the most important of the four super natural creatures in Chinese mythology, ranked with the Phoenix, the Qilin, and the Tortoise. The dragon is also the symbol of the month March, of Spring and of rebirth and fertility for it brings the rain bearing clouds of spring. When shown with the heavenly pearl, sometimes ball, it represents thunder and the storm. Emblem of vigilance and safety, and frequently associated with the idea of joy. Lapis Lazuli slab is vibrant in color and has a breathtaking aura, as it easily becomes the focal point of any setting. The carved hardwood stand elaborately displays open work with a multileveled pedestal raised on four shallow legs. The lapis lazuli screen is brilliant deep black and golden hue inclusion adorned with colorful semi-precious stones is a masterpiece of workmanship.