Subject:Re: Bronze Dragon For Age, Where and Value
Posted By: Steve Gridley Tue, Feb 09, 2021
Your bronze is a chimera or qilin, a mythical beast with a dragons head, rams horns, the body of a deer - with scales, and hooves of a horse. These types of creatures appeared first during the Han Dynasty. Reference: Sotheby's & Christie's.
The underside looks good for 19th Century period bronzes. There is corrosion on the pins that hold the Qilin to the base. Prior to the deterioration, early nuts were likely screwed onto the pins so you want to be sure and lift the bronze by the base.
I can't make out in the photos if there are hand chased details consistent with 19th Century bronzes. A lack of hand chasing would be more typical of 20th Century commercial castings.