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A RARE GILT-BRONZE 'TIGER' ZODIAC FIGURE
TANG DYNASTY
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 56,250 USD
JUMP TO LOT
64
A RARE GILT-BRONZE 'TIGER' ZODIAC FIGURE
TANG DYNASTY
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 56,250 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Chinese Art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Florence and Herbert Irving Gift

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A RARE GILT-BRONZE 'TIGER' ZODIAC FIGURE
TANG DYNASTY
standing in a scholar's robe with a human body of tall, slender proportions, the exposed hands clasped over the belly, the long robe open at the chest and tied at the waist with a cord, the unadorned fabric falling close to the body for a graceful silhouette that flares at the hem, the head in the form of a tiger's with muscular cheeks, pricked ears, and the large mouth open revealing a row of fangs, the interior hollow, wood stand (2)
Height 7 in., 17.8 cm
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Provenance

Eastern Pacific Co., Hong Kong, 27th June 1986.
Collection of Florence (1920-2018) and Herbert (1917-2016) Irving, no. 1819.

Catalogue Note

The depiction of animals in cyclical calendars began in the Han dynasty, but the development of zodiac figures with human bodies and animal heads did not occur until the Tang dynasty. Numerous painted pottery figures of this subject have been excavated in Tang dynasty tombs, however, gilt-bronze versions are extremely rare. The present figure is of the same style, size, and material as four other gilt-bronze zodiac figures in the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, which respectively represent the hare, ram, dog, and pig, and are published together in René-Yvon Lefebvre d'Argencé, ed., Chinese, Korean and Japanese Sculpture in the Avery Brundage Collection, Tokyo and New York, 1974, pl. 118. A sixth figure, possibly from the same group and bearing an ox head, from the Seligman Collection is published in S. Howard Hansford, The Seligman Collection of Oriental Art, vol. 1, London, 1957, pl. XLIII (A88).

Chinese Art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Florence and Herbert Irving Gift

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New York