A very rare bamboo and bamboo skin belt buckle Maximize

A very rare bamboo and bamboo skin belt buckle

Gilded bronze
Tibet
Qianlong period (1736-1795)
Qing
Length : 16cm
French Diplomate in Beïjing By descent, in the familly since the beginning of 20th century

Very refine carving playing with the clear surface of the bamboo skin and the darker ground,
Details of the drawing incised, revealing a pictural effect.
These are real miniature paintings, prowess of the craftsman using such a small surface .
Scholar object, this buckle was used to be worn, and the decoration is devoted to the Taoïste philosophy and to its wishes of longevity and immortality: scholar and his attendant below a pine tree and surrounded by rocks on one, and a related painting on the other one, with a crane added.
A Lingzhi mushroom is ciseled near by the buckle.