In abstract form, a pair of stone tiger weights of Han dynasty was preserved in original excavation condition.
Covered all over the surface with adhering earth coatings, the images of recumbent tigers were still revealed by the silhouettes.
Han-Bar-Dao, a typical carving skill of Han Dynasty was used on two of the pieces.
In simple and clear carving skill, the images of two tigers were vaguely and subtly rendered.
Had been applied with white slip as the background and painted with pigment representing the vicious animal which were popular in Han’s custom, the tigers had lost all their stripes and furs and left only with mysterious look.
A pair of master pieces which had done by anonymous craftsman- or rural artist can be esteemed as an excellent sculptural work by the esthetics nowadays.
In archaic form and hefty weight, they will be the most fantastic curiosities on your desk as a modern stationery.
Date: Han Dynasty (206BC-220AD)
Length: 8cm, Height: 6cm, Depth: 6.5cm
Condition: Very good, except one minor old chip at the tail of one of the tiger. Ancient glue-like burial coating was all over the surface.
Material: Pudding stone , is a kind of hard stone in buff color and small rose-red mottles. It was a kind of stone commonly seen among burial pieces from tombs of Han period.