Beautifully weathered wooden sign of virtues

L: 186 W: 4 H: 78
Elm wood
Shanxi province, China
18th C - Mid-Qing dynasty (1644-1912)

Unique, weathered wooden board with 4 ancient classical Chinese characters in beautiful calligraphed style (Simplified 允迪前徽).
It once belonged to an important family in the Chinese government, because of the meaning of the characters: Encouragement of integrity, honesty en sincerity. This board would have hung prominently in the house to inspire its occupants.

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