A pair of rare and impressive bronze Buddhist lions
Mid Qing Dynasty
Each of the imposing lions cast with the head raised and mouth open revealing sharp teeth and tongue, below curling eyebrows flanking the horn, with flowing hair parted into separate tresses and divided by the knobbly spine reaching up to the separately-cast tail, each lion with a ribbon tied around its neck suspending a pear-shaped tassel, one with its left foreleg resting on a brocade ball and a playful cub climbing over its back.
The larger 88cm (34 5/8in) long (7).
- Please note that this lot is large and will therefore be transferred to Bonhams warehouse at 5pm on Thursday 8 November. The lot will be available for collection from 2pm on Friday 9 November.