A FINELY CAST BRONZE FIGURE OF A MYTHICAL BEAST
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A FINELY CAST BRONZE FIGURE OF A MYTHICAL BEAST

LATE MING DYNASTY, 17TH CENTURY

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A FINELY CAST BRONZE FIGURE OF A MYTHICAL BEAST
LATE MING DYNASTY, 17TH CENTURY
The beast reclines with all four hoofed feet tucked under the body, which is covered overall in fine scales. The bearded equine face is turned to the left and has horns at the center of the head backed by a mane of flowing hair.
2 ¾ in. (7 cm.) wide
Provenance
Charlotte Horstmann and Gerald Godfrey, Hong Kong, 1983.

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Compare the very similar recumbent bronze figure of a mythical beast, described as a paper weight, of slightly smaller size (6.4 cm.) and also dated to the Ming dynasty, in the Robert H. Clague Collection, illustrated by R.D. Mowry in China's Renaissance in Bronze, Phoenix Art Museum, 1994, p. 200, no. 46.

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