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Christie’s London: A monumental pair of marble Buddhist Lions, Ming dynasty

Each lion is carved seated on its haunches on a waisted lotus plinth with drapings, wearing a tasselled collar carved in relief that is hung with a bell suspended above the chest. One beast has its right paw resting on a cub, the other has its left paw resting on a ball. Both have bulging eyes and a fierce expression with barred teeth. The tightly curled manes and draped stands are both finely detailed.

Height: 127.5cm Depth: 66.5cm Width: 68.5cm

Provenance: Collection of the distinguished British diplomat Sir Basil Cochrane Newton (1889-1965), acquired in Asia from 1925-1929, then by descent within the family.

Sold on behalf of an English private client at Christie’s London, 3 November 2020, lot 23 for £193,750 (Estimate £40,000-60,000)


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