Chinese Wooden Lintel Ornament


The carved wooden architectural element used to decorate the entryway of a building and it was probably intended to publicize a commercial business. The arched carving depicts a young man standing at either side of the lintel holding a large scroll in their hands that shows remnants of Chinese characters indicating an advertisement of some sort. The cast iron handle was added later for display purposes.

26.5″ long 2.5″ deep 5.75″-9.25″ tall, carved wood and pigments, China, early 20th century