An unglazed terracotta and white slip model of a mythical beast
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
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.
TT Tsui collection
Ancient Chinese Ceramic Sculpture – Han through Tang by Ezekiel Schloss – Vol 1, plate 18.