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Ming Dynasty Bronze Figure of Recumbent Mythical Lion

Ming Dynasty Bronze Figure of Recumbent Mythical Lion

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Ming Dynasty Bronze Figure of a Recumbent Mythical Lion, 16th / Early 17th Century. Reclining figure with long fangs but pleasing face. 2 3/4" x 4" x 3". In excellent condition. Ex: Knapton Rasti, London. According to P.L. Combs, during the Ming Dynasty a real revival began in the making of Chinese bronzes, often referred to as The Second Bronze Age. During this period bronzes were simplified with more attention being paid to perfection of shape and elegance. The skills with which they were made reached astounding levels of refinement. This trend continued into the Qing period lasting until the start of the 19th C. when the overall quality of many Chinese Arts began to slip and stagnate relying more on copying older forms of everything from porcelain, silks, to carvings and bronze work.