Mat Weight in the Form of a Bear

Mat Weight in the Form of a Bear

202 BC-AD 9

Gilt bronze

Overall: 15.7 x 14.6 x 17.3 cm (6 3/16 x 5 3/4 x 6 13/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1994.203

Fun Fact

Bear imagery, which symbolized heroic power, was particularly popular during the Han dynasty.

Description

The bear imagery was particularly popular during the Han dynasty and was a metaphor of heroic power. This heavy, solid bear was probably used as a mat weight; other small squatting bears often served as the legs of vessels.

See also
Collection: 
China - Han Dynasty
Department: 
Chinese Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Medium: 
Gilt bronze

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