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The eyes, nose and cheeks pierced, a dragons mane running along his back, his paws clutching his sides
Han Dynasty 206 – 220 A.D
Size: 6.5 cm high, 3 cm deep – 2½ ins high, 1¼ ins deep
Bears inhabited the forests of northern China and ornaments with bears have been found in tomb contexts as far north as Transbaikalia and as far south as the tomb of the King of Nanyue of 122 B.C in Canton. They were kept in Imperial Game Parks, used in bear baiting and had an exorcistic role. The bear-like god of war 'Chiyou' performed exorcist ceremonies in times of drought. The word for bear 'Xiong' sounds the same as the word for brave or powerful 'Xiong'. This is one possible reason why bears paws were eaten; in order to confer bravery.
|Height||6.50 cm||(2.56 inches)|
|Depth||3.00 cm||(1.18 inches)|