A pillar or pole base in the form of a coiled, crouching tiger. The detail features, including small wings, are carved and incised. The gaping mouth is characteristically blunt and squared off. The semi-circular line of the spine is denoted by a series of punched ring motifs.
This figure of a mythical animal, made of hollow, dark-grey unglazed pottery, is thought to be the base for a pole. Although it looks like a tiger, it has been given a pair of wings. Pottery models with a similar function have been found in Han dynasty (206BC-AD220) tombs. The sizes of these bases vary, but many are in the form of vigorous animals, such as lions and winged rams. They usually come in pairs, their posture indicating their position in the tombs. Thus this left-facing winged beast would have been placed on the right, and would originally have been accompanied by a right-facing beast positioned on the left.