H170xW170xD70mm, China

In the old days, the Chinese would sit on the ground covered by a thin rice straw mat (similar to the Japanese tatami but with only the top layer).  Stone or metal weights will be used to hold down the corner of the mat.  These weights are normally based on animals such as lion, tiger, panther, tortoise, deer, sheep etc.  The Chinese believe they will give blessing as well as protecting them from evils.

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