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    • Limestone Carving of a Lion
    • Limestone Carving of a Lion
    Limestone Carving of a Lion

    Tang: ceramics, metalwork and sculpture

    21 October - 6 November, 2021

    Eskenazi Limited is delighted to hold an exhibition entirely devoted to rare works of art including ceramics, sculpture and metalwork from the Tang Dynasty (618 to 907 AD), often called the golden age of Chinese culture. This is only the second time that Eskenazi has held an exhibition covering a wide range of material, solely dedicated to the Tang Dynasty. The first was in 1987. Notable highlights of this 2021 exhibition include a magnificent and monumental dry lacquer head of a bodhisattva, one of only three known surviving examples of this kind and a rare sancai-glazed zodiac animal figure with a human body and an equine head

    Limestone Carving of a Lion

    Six Dynasties - early Tang dynasty, 6th - 7th century

    The lion was not indigenous to China but was probably introduced through contact with its western regions. The lion is closely associated with India and Buddhism and its roar was the metaphor for the ‘voice of the Buddha instructing the beings of all the universes’. The power of this stone lion is evident in its tautly positioned body and fierce expression.

    Length: 21.0cm