A bronze leg inlaid with silver and gold decoration
Warring states period, 3rd century BC, China
Height: 19 cm, 7.5 inches
See a small bronze ram with similarly shaped legs, included in the exhibition Ausstellung Chinesischer Kunst, Gesellschaft fur Ostasiatische Kunst unf Preufzishe Akademic der Kunste, Berlin 1929, cat. No 72. Compare also slightly earlier examples of the inlaid finials of this form, such as a series illustrated in O. Karlbeck, ‘Select Objects from Ancient Shou-Chou’, B.M.F.E.A., Stockholm, 1955, no 27, pls 12-13.