The invention of paper has been attributed to the Han Dynasty, supposedly realised by a court official and presented to the emperor. Paper had major impact on the dissemination of Han literary and artistic culture. Zoomorphic paperweights made in clay, stone and bronze were abundantly produced in the Han Dynasty, as important study tools used by ancient Chinese scholars.
Han Dynasty Goat Clay Paperweight
A finely modelled Han Dynasty moulded clay paperweight in the shape of a naturalistically rendered animal, most likely a goat or ram as befits the zodiac animal, shown recumbent. The paperweight’s surface displays traces of the original white slip.
Period: Han Dynasty
Condition: Fine, with traces of the original white slip.