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    Sale 2268

    Fine Chinese Art from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    18 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 242

    A SILVERY BRONZE OCTALOBED MIRROR

    TANG DYNASTY (618-907)

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    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.

    Provenance

    Desmond Gure Collection, 1968.