18 March 2009,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 15,000
Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000
A SILVERY BRONZE OCTALOBED MIRROR
TANG DYNASTY (618-907)
The back centered by a pierced knop cast as a crouching lion surrounded by a lion, a phoenix, a qilin and a crane in flight amidst clouds, each ridden by a Daoist immortal wearing windswept robes and celestial scarves, all in a recessed field below insects and flower sprigs alternating on the lobed rim within the raised outer border, the silvery reverse with extensive ferrous encrustation
6 3/8 in. (16.3 cm.) across, fitted leather box
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A similar mirror is illustrated in Ancient Bronze Mirrors from the Shanghai Museum, Shanghai, 2005, pp. 272-3, no. 98.
Desmond Gure Collection, 1968.
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