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A Pair of Fahua Buddhistic Lions on Stands
A Pair of Fahua Buddhistic Lions on Stands

MING DYNASTY

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A Pair of Fahua Buddhistic Lions on Stands Ming Dynasty Each spirited beast well modeled with lively expression and shown seated atop a rectangular base which fits into a waisted plinth-form base raised on cabriole legs, with an opening in one end of the hollowed waist of each stand, one with a forepaw restraining an inquisitive cub, the other with paw resting atop a beribboned brocade ball, each wearing a bell and tassel-hung collar, glazed in dark aubergine with turquoise and yellow details 13½in. (34.3cm.) high

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It has been suggested that the large rectangular receptacle in each stand might be for the storage of sutras.

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