• Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art auction at Christies

    Sale 5812

    Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art and Textiles

    6 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 34

    A GROUP OF SIX BRONZE KNIVES, HAN DYNASTY AND LATER (206BC-220AD)

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    A GROUP OF SIX BRONZE KNIVES, HAN DYNASTY AND LATER (206BC-220AD)
    comprising a bronze knife with looped metal terminal, the blade sharpened to one edge and incised with a six-character inscription to one blade edge; the second knife with flattened blade and repeated stylised duck motif and loop ring terminal; the third knife with heavily curved blade, the flattened handle with bands of cross hatch designs, with loop ring terminal; the fourth knife with a heavily tapering blade, the flattened handle with horizontal bands to one side, the other with crossed lines forming rectangular box motifs, with loop ring terminal; the fifth knife is slender, the looped terminal with two birds heads on the pommel; the sixth knife with apertures all along the hilt of the flattened handle, loop ring terminal -- The first, 8 3/8in. (21.2cm.) high. (6)


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    Provenance

    First, Second, Third and Fifth: Acquired prior to 1978; Fourth and Sixth: William Mayer Collection. C.T. Loo, New York. Frank Caro, New York, 1960.


    Literature

    Bunker, Emma C.; Kawami, Trudy S.; with Linduff, Katheryn M.; Ancient Bronzes of the Eastern Eurasian Steppes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections. The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, New York, 1997; Second; cat. no. 49, illustrated; Third: cat. no. 30, illustrated; Fourth: cat. co. 42; Sixth: cat. co. 24, illustrated.
    Fourth: Gimbutas, Maria; Bronze Age Culture in Central and Eastern Europe. Mouton and Co., Paris, The Hague and London, 1965; pl. 17b.
    Fifth: Drew, Isabella Milling; Laboratory Examination of Knives in the Sackler Collection. Sackler Laboratory, Columbia University, New York, 1971 (unpublished manuscript); no. O-911.