Eastern Zhou dynasty, Warring States period (475–221 B.C.)
4th–3rd century B.C.
H. 4 1/8 in (10.5 cm); L. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm)
Gift of Ernest Erickson Foundation, 1985
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 207
Originally a handle or lid ornament on a very large vessel, this tiger demonstrates a vivid naturalism that reflects the influence of “animal style” art created by the nomadic cultures of the northern steppes.