A gilt-bronze tiger-form weight, Han dynasty (206 BC-220 AD)1

A gilt-bronze tiger-form weight, Han dynasty (206 BC-220 AD)2

A gilt-bronze tiger-form weight, Han dynasty (206 BC-220 AD)3

A gilt-bronze tiger-form weight, Han dynasty (206 BC-220 AD)4

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.

Note: A similar bronze weight is illustrated by Sun Ji, Han zhen yishu (The Art of Han Weights), Wenwu, 1983, no. 6, p. 70, fig. 1, no. 3, where the author discusses the different types of weights and their uses.

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art. New York, 19 march 2013