• Fine Chinese Ceramics and Work auction at Christies

    Sale 2405

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    25 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1023

    A RARE GOLD-INLAID BRONZE SWORD

    EARLY WARRING STATES PERIOD, FIRST HALF 5TH CENTURY BC

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    A RARE GOLD-INLAID BRONZE SWORD
    EARLY WARRING STATES PERIOD, FIRST HALF 5TH CENTURY BC
    The long tapering blade with beveled edges and with a distinct median ridge made from a different alloy and now of turquoise color, the guard inlaid in fine gold wire with a taotie mask on one side, and the hilt with two circular flanges below a circular, dished pommel
    26½ in. (67.3 cm.) long, wood box with glass cover


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    A long sword (53.5 cm.) of this type, with a median ridge similarly made from a different alloy, which is inlaid in gold with an inscription of twenty characters in bird script, is illustrated by C. Delacour, De bronze, d'or et d'argent: Arts somptuaires de la Chine, Musée Guimet, Paris, 2001, pp. 130-2. The guard of the Guimet sword is similarly inlaid in gold, as well as turquoise, with a taotie mask.

    Provenance

    Frank Caro, New York, 1964.