The Shishi is lively cast with both forepaws resting on an elaborate and reticulated brocade ball with floral décor in high relief. The bronze is finely patinated to an even, dark-brown, almost black, tone. The eyes are delicately inlaid in 22 carat gold. The artist signature OSEI is found within an oval cartouche at the bottom of the lion. Note the neatly incised detail to fur, all four paws, tail and mane.
LENGTH 31 cm
WEIGHT 3.6 kilograms
Condition: Very good and original condition with old wear and minor traces of use. Small loss to one of the many tips of the bushy fur.
Provenance: From a reputed German private collection.