A nice old Foo Lion Finial that would have been attached possibly to the neck of a bronze altar vase. It has a nice dark patina. The mold quality is good. Nice deep lines in the mane and tail and little asterisks pattern the body. The mouth is open on the beast and the ears are out. There is a cement like substance adhering to the parts not seen such as the underside of the animal and the underside of the tail. The lion is fairly heavy. There is a toggle by which the lion would have been attached.
No marks but the asterisks on the body are indicative of 17th century bronze foo lions. The patina is also dark and shows through to a brighter gold where worn like on the ear tips.
Measures 3" long x 3 ¾" tall (at the tip of the tail) x 1 ¾" wide
The condition is good. No dents, chips, or breaks. The patina has not been over-cleaned.
This is a nice Chinese bronze that's approximately 400 years old. It looks good on a stand or mounted.