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Lot 44. A stone fragment of a lion, Tang Dynasty (618-906 AD); 11cm (4 1/4in) high. Sold for €4,845 (Estimate 500 € - 800 €). Courtesy Bonhams.

The ferocious beast carved with its jaws agape, bulging eyes below the pronounced brows, with back-turned ears flanking the finely incised layered mane leading to the back.

Provenance: Robert Rousset, Paris (1901-1981), acquired prior to 1935.
Jean-Pierre Rousset, Paris (1936-2021).

NoteSee a related stone figure of a seated lion, Tang dynasty, which was sold at Bonhams London, 16 May 2019, lot 9.

Bonhams Cornette de Saint Cyr Paris. The Robert and Jean-Pierre Rousset Collection of Asian Art: A Century of Collecting - Part 1. Paris, 25 october 2022.