An unglazed terracotta and white slip model of a mythical beast
白泥陶三角犀牛獸

Han dynasty, 2nd Century BC to 2nd Century AD, China
漢 前2世紀-2世紀 中國

Length: 34.5 cm, 13.6 inches
長34.5釐米

The striding beast – sometimes referred to as a rhinoceros – bears three horns that descend from the forehead and down the neck. Along its back are three round knobs in relief. The creature faces down as if about to attack – with bared teeth and raised tail pointing forward. Above the front legs at the shoulders are closed wings.

Authentication

TL tested

Provenance

TT Tsui collection

Similar Examples

Ancient Chinese Ceramic Sculpture – Han through Tang by Ezekiel Schloss – Vol 1, plate 18.

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