Seated bear

Anonymous

Anonymous - Seated bear
In the period of the Western Han there occurred a considerable boom in the use of figures in tombs, and there was also a marked progress in the depiction of human and animal forms. Figures of small bears were often used as caryatids on bronze vessels or as furniture finials. Freestanding statues of this type are, however, rare, and their iconography and function are unclear.
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measurements: height 18 cm
material: black marble
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inventory number: Vp 3109
gallery collection: Collection of Asian and African Art
licence: Creative Commons License public domain