created on 2018-04-19
Created on 2024-01-26
The image displays a freestanding sculpture of a mythological beast that appears to combine elements from various animals. The creature is portrayed in an upright, anthropomorphic pose with its hind legs on the ground, resembling those of a hooved animal, and its front limbs raised as though gesturing with one 'hand'. Its body is adorned with what looks like a patterned blanket or armor, featuring round perforations along the edges.
The head of the beast is fantastical, featuring large, exaggerated ears, prominent brows, and a fierce expression with mouth agape, exposing pointed teeth and a protruding tongue. The nose is broad and flat, and there may be horns or a decorative curl embellishing the top of the head.
The sculpture's surface shows a patina that suggests age and the material appears to be metal, possibly bronze, with varying coloring ranging from darker brown areas to spots with green verdigris, indicating oxidization over time.
The artwork seems to combine stylistic elements that could be indicative of a particular cultural origin or period, possibly Asian, and may represent a creature from local mythology or folklore.