A bronze weight in the form of a Buddhist lion
Late Ming dynasty
Length: 2 1/2 in, 6.3 cm
in a recumbent posture with its head turned back over its shoulder. The animal has a curly mane, an incised tail and flaming haunches, and wears a tasselled collar and a lozenge-shaped cloth over its back. The bronze bears a mellow dark bronze patina.