This ideo is called Malayan tapir (Tapirus indicus).
Translated from Dutch news agency ANP:
According to the arts and antiques fair, this makes it the most expensive Chinese antique bronze for sale ever.
The bronze tapir … is about 25 centimeter high and 43 centimeter horizontally.
It was made about the 4th century BCE, and was a wine vessel then.
The cover on its back with a ring as handle can be removed to fill the body with wine.
The snout was to pour the wine out.
Fast Fact Attack: Endangered Species No. 75 – The Malayan Tapir: here.
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