A couple of years ago I managed to score this incredible find. I am still researching the timeframe it might have been made in and the purpose of this unusual piece but I am inclined to think the original intent is to be a paper weight. It measures about 8″ from end to end and the little chow/dog figure is less than 1″ in height. The detail for something so small is just amazing from the dogs quizzical expression, all the way down to the little boy’s crossed feet
The photo above shows the back side of the sculpture. The little dog’s tail arches over his back and he has a blunt muzzle and lovely prick ears. I cannot help but see him as a chow even if that was not the original intent of the artist. My friend Dennis Tang managed to find another one of these sculptures online (see last photo) and was able to give me some information. Thank you so very much Dennis!!!
The photo above is the piece viewed from above where you can start to see how tiny those sculptures really are
Above I put my hand behind the dog and boy to show the scale
This is the signature stamp on the top of the piece