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    Sale 2268

    Fine Chinese Art from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    18 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 238

    TWO SILVERY BRONZE MIRRORS

    SUI/EARLY TANG DYNASTY, 6TH/7TH CENTURY

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    TWO SILVERY BRONZE MIRRORS
    SUI/EARLY TANG DYNASTY, 6TH/7TH CENTURY
    The first with large knop encircled by a bead border set within a square with foliate motifs in the corners, surrounded by two long-tailed birds and two mythical beasts amidst small clouds and separated by four Vs, with an inscription in kaishu in an outer band and a band of foliate scroll at the rim, all within narrow dogtooth borders; the second with five dog-like animals racing around the central knob, and with an inscription in an outer band below a band of foliate meander at the rim, all within narrow dogtooth borders
    5 7/8 and 5 13/16 in. (15 and 14.8 cm.) diam. (2)


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    The first mirror is of a type similar to one dated to the Sui dynasty and illustrated by Ju-hsi Chou, Circles of Reflection: The Carter Collection of Chinese Bronze Mirrors, The Cleveland Museum of Art, 2000, p. 61, no. 49. See, also, p. 62, no. 50, for a mirror of the same type as the second mirror, but of smaller size, which is dated to the Tang dynasty.

    Provenance

    Both: J.T. Tai & Co., New York, 1966 and 1967, respectively.


    Exhibited

    First mirror: Art of the T'ang Dynasty and its Antecedents, Columbia University, Low Memorial Library, March 1967, no. 26.