East Asia, China, Early Zhou dynasty, ca. 1046 to 400 BCE. An early and rare example of Chinese male figure standing atop a tiger's head, hammered from a thick leaded-bronze sheet into a repousse panel. The tiger is chased in high relief and stylized with rounded ears, eyes, and square snout. The nude man stands atop with petite genitalia, and arms held up to his head that has a wide eye and surprised expression. The concave verso has 3 evenly spaced bars spanning the width of the top, center, and bottom of the panel for the original mounting of this piece. Size: 3.25" W x 9" H (8.3 cm x 22.9 cm); 9.25" H (23.5 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection, 1995 to 2010; ex-Samuel Eilenberg collection, New York City, New York, USA, between 1950 to 1970
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Surface wear and abrasions commensurate with age, otherwise intact and excellent for its age. Heavy patina and earthen deposits on verso.