202 BCE–9 CE
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
Bear imagery, which symbolized heroic power, was particularly popular during the Han dynasty.
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.
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