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    Sale 2268

    Fine Chinese Art from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    18 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 243

    AN UNUSUAL BRONZE SQUARE MIRROR

    TANG DYNASTY, 8TH-9TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    AN UNUSUAL BRONZE SQUARE MIRROR
    TANG DYNASTY, 8TH-9TH CENTURY
    With indented corners, one side cast with two confronted lion-like creatures wildly leaping on either side of the central knob and separated by foliate sprigs, all within the raised outer border, with dark silver-grey patina and a somewhat reflective reverse
    7½ in. (19 cm.) square


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    Another square mirror with indented corners cast with similar confronted lions, dated 8th-early 9th century, is illustrated by Ju-hsi Chou, Circles of Reflection: The Carter Collection of Chinese Bronze Mirrors, The Cleveland Museum of Art, 2000, p. 79, no. 74. See, also, a square mirror with similar lions, but not indented corners, from an Important American Collection, sold in these rooms 19 March 2008, lot 502.

    Provenance

    Jen Chai Art Gallery, New York, 1965.