Kangxi period (1662-1722)
The chubby animals are in a recumbent pose, both with fierce expression with half open mouth, one showing its teeth, the other its tongue. One has a hole on the back and meant to be used as a waterdropper. They are covered with yellow, green and aubergine enamels, the bulging eyes are painted black.
Length 9 cm ; with wooden stands
A very similar pair is in the Rijksmuseum and illustrated by Christiaan Jorg in 'Chinese Ceramics in the Collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, London 1997, no 217