Stone Tiger

Late Shang Dynasty, 1100 B.C. - The Western Zhou Dynasty, 771 B.C.

Jinsha Site Museum

Jinsha Site Museum
Chengdu, China

The crouching stone tiger seems fierce, powerful, and full of vigor. There is no doubt that the stone tiger carved by the circular engraving skill are the influential works of art in the Shang and Zhou dynasties. Altogether ten round sculptures of stone lying tigers have been unearthed in Jinsha. This stone tiger has ash black color with white grayish black spots and veins of the rock aptly used to represent the spots on the tiger’s skin. Its forelimbs stretching and legs bending forward, the stone tiger has a raised head and a wide-open mouth revealing four canine teeth.


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