A pair of Cloisonné enamel rams

17th century, Kangxi period, China

Length 11.5 cm, 4.53 inches Height: 8.5 cm, 3.35 inches

Each modelled with the four gilt bronze legs tucked underneath the body, the enamels consisting of white fur broken up by scrolling gilt wires with swirling black ends. Each head in a raised alert posture turns slightly to one side and is surmounted by gilt horns and ears. Each casted with a broad upward sloping gilt bronze mouth outlined in red enamel above a gilt beard, nostrils filled with turquoise enamel, the eyes also with a splash of red. There is a circular opening on each base and to handle, the rams both have a satisfying weight characteristic of quality.

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