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Tile End with Double Tigers under a Tree
Pottery Designs from the State of Qi in the Warring States Period 战国齐

The tigers are distinguished by the length of their tails and the twist to the head. The figures are quite different when compared to either a horse or oxen in spite of the lack of detail. It is interesting how early artists developed the ability to use distinctive features to convey both a representation and a symbol. The tiger is almost always shown twisted and ready to whirl around and pounce.

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