A rare limestone fragmentary relief of a lion head Northern Qi dynasty | 北齊 石灰岩浮雕獅頭殘石
A rare limestone fragmentary relief of a lion head
Northern Qi dynasty
the greyish stone with traces of a white layer and ochre pigment, naturalistically carved in the form of a lion head, set with bulging expressive eyes within thin brows, a broad snout with flared nostrils, above a wide grinning mouth closed with a cleft upper lip, all below raised pricked ears, stepped wood stand
The rear of the head and the neck is truncated as visible in the photo. The ears are rebuilt. There are also traces of retouching, especially to its right side.
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Collection of Sakamoto Gorō (1923-2016), acquired between the 1950s and 1960s.
Sotheby's Hong Kong, 8th October 2013, lot 119.