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    Sale 2268

    Fine Chinese Art from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    18 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 236

    TWO BRONZE MIRRORS

    WARRING STATES PERIOD (475-221 BC)

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    TWO BRONZE MIRRORS
    WARRING STATES PERIOD (475-221 BC)
    The first with fluted knob encircled by a band of whorl pattern, a plain slightly concave band, and a wide band comprised of two pairs of confronted dragons with elegantly scrolling bodies reserved on a whorl ground, all within hatchured borders and an outer concave band that curves upwards to the rim, with shiny, dark silvery grey patina; the second flat mirror, with a small knob surrounded by four pointed petals and two dragons alternating with two phoenixes, all reserved on a whorl-pattern ground within an outer scallop border
    9 7/16 and 7¼ in. ((24 and 18.3 cm.) diam. (2)


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    The first mirror is similar in type to one illustrated in Ancient Bronze Mirrors in the Shanghai Museum, Shanghai, 2005, no. 19.

    Provenance

    J.T. Tai & Co., New York, 1974 and 1966, respectively.