Posted 8 months ago
Here is a wood carving of what appears to be foo dogs, lions, monkeys or dragons? There are three heads- one in the middle and one on either end. Under the middle head there appear to be crossed horns (like horns of plenty) but are filled with something floral or leaves. The two heads on the end seem to be eating their tails. There are two metal (iron) attachments which dangle from each side that appear as though they would hold a strap of some sort. The piece does not have enough depth to serve as a saddle. It appears to have been made to sit atop something. Two pieces of wood extend down from the mid sections of the sides and two pieces of flattened wood attach to them. This is what I am thinking was made to sit upon something. The carving is rather elaborate, but the piece appears to have some utilitarian purpose as well as ornamental. It appears to be very old. The piece is 18 1/2" across and about 11" tall. (See photos for more.)
What is it?