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Scholar screen

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3101, Scholar screen, 19th century

Artist: Photographer: Ardon Bar Hama
Culture: Chinese
Material: Celadon & hardwood
Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 3 cm

This scholar screen stood directly in the centre of Freud's desk.  

The central design is the stylised Chinese character of shouldaning longevity, and both sides feature bunches of flowers shooting from the mouths of dragons. Given that ‘shou’ can also mean birthday, and that Freud was born in the year of the dragon, this might well have been a birthday present (perhaps even from Freud to himself).  

With thanks to Ro Spankie for providing additional information.

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