MING DYNASTY, EARLY 15TH CENTURY
The bronze is cast in the form of a standing ram, with its head facing front, slightly smiling, horns tightly curled inward. The body is covered with a finely rendered wavy mane, all beneath a thick layer of gilding. A small square-shaped opening is sealed on the belly of the figure, suggesting a casting mark. The hooves of the ram are tightly fitted on an openwork zitan base of rockwork and bamboo leaves.