A finely carved Han Dynasty stone paperweight in the shape of a tiger, the third of the 12-year cycle of animals of the Chinese zodiac. The animal, shown recumbent, seems to be leaning against a rock formation, rendered in black with detailing in bright red. The tiger is naturalistically modelled and its mantle is decorated with stripes of dark pigment against a red-orange background. Facial detailing, eyes, whiskers and eyebrows, are painted with very fine lines of dark pigment.
Date: Circa 1st-2nd Century AD
Period: Han Dynasty