Lot 6. A gilt-bronze tiger-form weight, Han dynasty (206 BC-220 AD). Diameter 2 1/4 in., 5.7 cm. Estimate 4,000 - 6,000 USD. Lot sold 15,000 USD. © Sotheby's.
the feline cast in a tightly coiled pose, with a collar round its neck, its head supported on a paw, resting on its rump, the details finely incised, all supported on a circular disc that serves as the base of the weight, wood stand, Japanese wood box (5).
Provenance: Kitayama Fine Arts, Tokyo, acquired in the 1970s.
Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art. New York, 19 march 2013