Lot 35

Lying Chimera
China. Western Jin period, 3rd-4th centuries
Terracotta. 20 x 14,5 cm
The animal is depicted with a powerful body wrapped around an orifice. Its raised head has an open mouth revealing a strong set of teeth. According to Chinese archaeologists, these are supports that were used to hold screens, canopies or canopies.

For two pieces of the same type and most probably from the same set, offered by Robert Rousset to the Musée National des Arts Asiatiques - Guimet in 1978, inv. MA.4661 and 4662, cf: Jean-Paul Desroches - "Compagnons d'éternité" Musée National des Arts Asiatiques Guimet / Réunion des Musées Nationaux / Grand Palais - Paris 1997, pp 99 to 101.

A WESTERN JIN PERIOD POTTERY RECLINING CHIMAERA

Provenance:
- Estate of Madame Anne-Marie Rousset
- Former Robert Rousset collection (1901-1981)
- Carries two labels from old inventories of the Robert Rousset collection prior to 1935.