A finely carved Chinese marble paperweight in the shape of a lion dog, dating from the Han Dynasty period. The domed paperweight features a sectioned and flat depiction of the animal, whose torso is shown recumbent on wave-like element and sculpted through deep carvings in the stone. Its anatomical features, the large paws, face with wide open eyes, and large cat-like nose and cheeks are rendered in a very appealing manner, making this item a compelling expression of ancient Chinese craftsmanship.
Date: Circa 1st-2nd Century AD
Period: Han Dynasty