China, 618-906. The muscular animal shown seated, the head turned slightly to the side and the face carved with an intense expression created by the bulging eyes, the mouth open in a menacing snarl, and the mane falling in layers along his neck. The stone of a dark-brown color with rust-brown veins, dark specks, and creamy white inclusions.
Provenance: From a noted private collection of Chinese art.
Condition: Extensive wear, losses, nicks, light surface scratches, few structural cracks, signs of weathering and erosion, and encrustations.
Weight: 598.6 g
Dimensions: Height 8.6 cm
Auction result comparison:
Type: Closely related
Auction: Bonhams Paris, 25 October 2022, lot 44
Price: EUR 4,845
Description: A stone fragment of a lion, Tang dynasty
Expert remark: Compare the closely related color of the stone, and facial expression. Note that this lion has lost most of its body, as opposed to the present lot.
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