Beautifully Carved panel that seems to be a representation of the attempted ambush on Confucius by Huan Tui. In the carving you see two men, knives in hand, attempting to go after a very peaceful Confucius.
He is in what appears to be a meditative state while holding one hand up against the attackers as if saying he is untouchable. On the other side is a soldier on a horse appearing to help fend off the attackers. Here is some information I found leading me to relate the carving to the ambush.
This is a beautiful peace, but there is some small damage. His right hand tip is missing. But it still presents wonderfully. Before reaching the state of Chen, his next stop, two incidents along the road nearly took his life. In one, a military officer, Huan Tui, tried to ambush.Confucius as he was passing through the state of Song. In another, he was surrounded by a mob in the town of Kuang, and for a time it looked as though he might be killed. These incidents were not spontaneous but were the machinations of Confucius's enemies.
But who would have wanted him dead, and what could he have done to provoke such reactions? Historians in later eras speculated about the causes and resolutions of these crises. Although they never found an adequate explanation for Huan Tui's action, some suggested that the mob of Kuang mistook Confucius for someone else. The most reliable source on Confucius's life, records only what Confucius said at those moments when he realized that death might be imminent. Heaven has given me this power-this Virtue.
What can Huan Tui do to me! Was his response after he learned about Huan Tui's plan to ambush him. His utterance at the siege of Kuang conveyed even greater confidence that Heaven would stand by him. He said that with the founder of the Zhou dynasty dead, this man's cultural vestiges are invested in me. " And since "Heaven has not destroyed this culture and does not intend to do so, it will look after the cultural heirs of the Zhou.Thus, Confucius declaimed, What can the people of Kuang do to me? This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\China\Figurines & Statues". The seller is "somewhere_in_time_treasures" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States, Denmark, Guatemala, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vatican City State, Sierra Leone, Nauru, Wallis and Futuna, Anguilla, El Salvador, Gambia, Dominican Republic, Malaysia, Cameroon, Guyana, Taiwan, Azerbaijan Republic, Poland, Macau, Georgia, Oman, Suriname, Tonga, United Arab Emirates, Kenya, Argentina, San Marino, Guinea-Bissau, Armenia, Uzbekistan, Bhutan, Eritrea, Senegal, Togo, Saint Kitts-Nevis, Morocco, Ireland, Qatar, Burundi, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Netherlands, Slovakia, Slovenia, Equatorial Guinea, Thailand, Mauritania, Belize, Philippines, Aruba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Sweden, Colombia, Spain, Iceland, Estonia, Macedonia, Belgium, Israel, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Benin, Algeria, Bermuda, Montserrat, Zambia, South Korea, Antigua and Barbuda, Vanuatu, Ecuador, Albania, Italy, Swaziland, Ethiopia, Monaco, Niger, Tanzania, Laos, Pakistan, Burkina Faso, Panama, Singapore, Kyrgyzstan, Switzerland, Ghana, Djibouti, Chile, China, Cape Verde Islands, Moldova, Mali, Botswana, Republic of Croatia, Cambodia, Madagascar, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Indonesia, Portugal, Malta, Tajikistan, Vietnam, Cayman Islands, Paraguay, Saint Helena, Lebanon, Cyprus, Seychelles, Liberia, Rwanda, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Maldives, Australia, Austria, Gibraltar, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, Central African Republic, Gabon Republic, Lesotho, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Mauritius, Saint Lucia, Bulgaria, Jordan, Guinea, Czech Republic, Norway, Canada, Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Turks and Caicos Islands, Chad, Kiribati, Andorra, Turkmenistan, Grenada, Greece, Romania, Costa Rica, Haiti, India, Greenland, Mexico, Afghanistan, Serbia, Kazakhstan, Montenegro, Saudi Arabia, Mongolia, Japan, Nepal, Bahamas, Lithuania, Bahrain, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, Malawi, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Angola, Nicaragua, Finland, Tunisia, Luxembourg, Uganda, Turkey, Western Samoa, France, Germany, Egypt, Latvia, Jamaica, Mozambique, Namibia, Peru, South Africa, Brunei Darussalam, Honduras.