A bronze mythical beast weight
Han dynasty, 1st century BC - 1st century AD, China
漢 前1世紀-1世紀 中國
Diameter: 7cm, 2.8 inches
The weight depicts a mythical winged lion standing on all fours, head raised and turned to the right, open mouth roaring and bearing ferocious teeth. The creature stands on an oval base with waves that surround it, connected only at the feet leaving space under its body and thus increasing the beasts three dimensional sculptural aspect. The patina is of a dark bronze with green and brown colouration.