Chinese Tang Dynasty (circa 9th century) Changsha stoneware scholar’s scroll weight in the form of a mythical animal covered overall in a gray-green glaze with reddish-brown accents (see enlargement 7). The base is unglazed. This piece is very well modeled with fine facial features that display a humorous expression. In addition to being used as a paperweight for hand-scrolls, the loop enables attachment to a hanging scroll. Small toy and scholar’s objects in animal forms are typical of Changsha ceramics. This is a fairly large example measuring about 3 ½” long x 3” high x 2 3/8” deep. Very good overall condition. From the private collection of a former American expatriate to Guangzhou in 1983-1984.