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A Yueyao Chimera-Form Vessel
A Yueyao Chimera-Form Vessel

WESTERN JIN DYNASTY

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A Yueyao Chimera-Form Vessel Western Jin Dynasty Well modeled as a recumbent winged lion with a conical collar rising from behind the head, the face modeled in a grimace and detailed with combed or impressed decoration, with combed mane, beard, and foliate tail arched at the top to form a loop, the wings simply carved on the full sides, all under a thin olive-green glaze 7.3/8in. (18.7cm.) long

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This type of stoneware lion appears to have been made at the Yue kilns in varying sizes; this figure being one of the larger sizes. Similarly modeled examples were included in the Special Exhibition of Chinese Ceramics, Tokyo National Museum, 1994, nos. 58 and 59. The exact use of these vessels is still being debated.

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