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A black-marble lion was in crouching posture.
Being rendered by excellent carving skill, the lion was in fierce look by bulge eyes, bared teeth and tongue.
Even though excavated by natural defects, the lion was momentum with overall power by his strenuous muscle, the strong limbs and the flouring manes.
Bing preserved with original condition from excavation, the lion was perfectly fit to a custom-made steel base which was done by a modern metal artist to recover his magnificent posture and to be put on the desk as a great statue.
In a true beauty of imperfection, the ancient sculpture still exemplified the dated spirits of Sui/Tang periods when Persian cultures was affluent in China.
Date: Sui/Tang period(6th/8th Century),
Material: black marble,
Provenance: Hebei province,
Height: 15.3cm including base, and 11.8cm without base.