Reclining tiger


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 207

Modeled in the round with keenly observed naturalistic details, this regally posed tiger exemplifies the artistic principles of its time. The surface is ornamented with abstract arabesques, a common decorative motif in the fifth to third century B.C. Together with two comparable pieces, the ornament once embellished the cover of a large ritual vessel.

Reclining tiger, Bronze, China

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