Aug 24, 2012
Aug 24, 2012

Mat Weight in the Form of a Bear

Mat Weight in the Form of a Bear

202 BCE–9 CE

Gilt bronze

Overall: 15.7 x 14.6 x 17.3 cm (6 3/16 x 5 3/4 x 6 13/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1994.203

Did you know?

Bear imagery, which symbolized heroic power, was particularly popular during the Han dynasty.


The bear imagery was particularly popular during the Han dynasty and was a metaphor of heroic power. This heavy, solid bear was probably used as a mat weight; other small squatting bears often served as the legs of vessels.

See also
China - Han Dynasty
Chinese Art
Type of artwork: 
Gilt bronze

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