25 March 2010,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 86,500
Estimate USD 7,000 - USD 9,000
A LARGE SILVERY-BRONZE OCTALOBED MIRROR
TANG DYNASTY (618-907)
The central knob surrounded by a pair of phoenixes to the sides, a galloping horse above trailing grapevine from its mouth, and a parrot pecking at a cluster of grapes on a vine below, with opposing pairs of flower sprigs, clouds, lanterns and flower heads enclosing the characters qian and chiu in the lobes of the rim
8 7/8 (22.5 cm.) across
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The two characters on the rim qian chiu, may be translated as '1000 autumns' or 'forever'.
Frank Caro, New York, 1966 or earlier.
Art of the T'ang Dynasty and its Antecedents, Columbia University, Low Memorial Library, March 1967, no. 22.
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