1341
1341
A SILVER-MOUNTED SOFTWOOD WALKING STICK
SILVER INSCRIPTION DATED 1887
Estimate
1,5002,000
LOT SOLD. 2,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT
1341
A SILVER-MOUNTED SOFTWOOD WALKING STICK
SILVER INSCRIPTION DATED 1887
Estimate
1,5002,000
LOT SOLD. 2,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A SILVER-MOUNTED SOFTWOOD WALKING STICK
SILVER INSCRIPTION DATED 1887
possibly of nanmu, the tapering standard naturalistically carved as a knotted trunk, with high relief carving of three birds alighting on a knot and a slender wrapped vine, a fisherman with a catch of carp, the head mounted in silver with raised decoration of immortals, deer, bats, and birds among foliage surrounding two inscriptions, DI. B.S. RINGER from G. L. Mackay, 1887 inscribed to the top and in Chinese, Ling'er Yisheng Xie Mushi Song to the side of the mount
Height 39 3/4  in., 101 cm 
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Catalogue Note

As a complement to his religious duties, Mackay trained the Taiwanese in western medicine. In 1880 Mackay founded the Mackay Clinic in Tamsui, and in 1883 he was joined by several western doctors including the British physician B. S. Ringer. Mackay's legacy carries on today with the Mackay Memorial Hospital in Taipei, an expansion of his original clinic and one of the largest medical centers in the country. 

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