A rare bamboo figure of Pindola taming the tiger
Mid Ming dynasty
The superbly carved figure depicted seated on a ferocious beast with right leg pendant and left leg folded at the back, his left arm depicted supporting and soothing the beast by stroking the top of its head, his right arm depicted holding the undulating folds of his garment, his body slightly leaning forward with bald head turned right, his joyous face with a brilliant smile flanked by a pair of pendulous earlobes, adorned in loose flowing robes tied with a sash at the waist, swung over his left shoulders revealing bare chest and right arm, all surmounted above the tamed creature in recumbent position, its large eyes and whiskers framed by a large face resting atop its frontal paws, its finely carved striped body terminating in an upward extended tail with coiled end.
Chinese Works of Art
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