Chinese Jin Dynasty Pottery Tile - Lion Dance (AD 1115 - 1234)
This grey pottery tile depicting a dancing lion was made during the Jin Dynasty (AD 1115 - 1234). The lion dance is a form of traditional dance in northern China and was extremely popular during this period, especially in Shanxi and Shaanxi provinces. Here the lion is seen with mouth open clasping in its claws an embroidered silk ball with ribbons attached. Note the detail of the lion's head, mane, tail and its animated body.
This tile is ready for display coming complete with a custom-made metal stand to which it is attached using two pins. The length of the tile (not including the stand) is 26.5 cm (10.5 inches), height 16 cm (6.25 inches). Condition is very good, with some chips to the edge, as should reasonably be expected.
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