Lot 888. A gilt-bronze leonine mask-form fitting with loose ring, Northern Wei-Northern Qi dynasty, 6th century; 3 1/8 in. (8 cm.) high. Estimate USD 4,000 - USD 6,000. Price realised USD 5,625. © Christie's Image Ltd 2020.
Cast with bulging eyes and small nose below bushy eyebrows and a pair of horns, the mouth open to reveal gnashing teeth grasping a loose ring, lucite stand.
Provenance: The James and Marilynn Alsdorf Collection, Chicago, acquired prior to 1990.
Christie's. Sacred and Imperial: The James and Marilynn Alsdorf Collection Part II, New York, 24 September 2020