Lot 1255. A reddish-brown sandstone stone relief, Early Northern Wei dynasty, 6th century; 17 in. (43 cm.) high. Estimate USD 12,000 - USD 18,000. Price realised USD 18,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013
The front is carved in low relief with two rows of donors, the slender figures standing with their hands clasped within the sleeves of their long court robes, and separated by carved inscriptions which identify them. Below is a hunting scene of a lioness stalking her prey amidst trees, with three ungulates behind her, and there are further figures on the ends, including one holding the tail of a tiger.
Provenance: Kinpei Takeuchi (1873-1960).
Ryuichi Sano (1889-1977), acquired in Tokyo, 1950s.
Sano Art Museum, Mishima, Japan.
Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 21 - 22 March 2013