A bronze leg inlaid with silver and gold decoration
Warring states period, 3rd century BC, China
Height: 19 cm, 7.5 inches
The single bronze cast leg terminating in a hoof is hollow, elegantly modelled with naturalistic lines and fine proportions from what could have been an animal censer or lamp. The inlays are in both gold and silver, the central band of decoration consisting of a loosely scrolling design of great refinement and movement. Original fine patina. It is notable for its highly naturalistic form, which exemplifies the development towards naturalism in the Han dynasty.