White-Glazed Pottery Lion

 

Tang Dynasty
Height: 10.8cm
Bottom diameter: 6.3cm

Raising its head and baring its teeth, the crouching lion on the pedestal has protruding eyes, stand-up ears, long beard and curly hair. Its fore legs are straight and hind legs are bent, with the tail turned up. The eyes and legs of the lion are applied with brown glaze. The pedestal is rectangular in shape, with the top and the bottom of the same size. The four sides of it are applied with brown glaze that looks black where it is thickly applied.

This white-glazed pottery lion is simple and vigorous. It is a masterpiece of pottery sculptures of the Tang Dynasty.