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    Sale 2268

    Fine Chinese Art from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    18 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 239

    TWO SILVERY BRONZE MIRRORS

    TANG DYNASTY (618-907)

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    TWO SILVERY BRONZE MIRRORS
    TANG DYNASTY (618-907)
    One of eight-lobed outline, the plain knob flanked by a pair of phoenixes grasping a knotted tassle in their beaks while standing on lotus sprigs, with a double-stemmed lotus plant above and a mandarin duck grasping a flower sprig in its beak standing atop a lotus leaf below, within a plain raised border and clouds and leaf sprays alternating in the lobed outer field; the other mirror unusually undecorated, the central knob encircled by plain fields divided by a wedge-shaped raised border, with inward-canted outer border
    5¼ and 4 11/16 in. (13.5 and 12 cm.) diam. (2)


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    Provenance

    First mirror: Frank Caro, New York, prior to 1965.
    Second mirror: probably Frank Caro, New York, prior to 1965.


    Exhibited

    Both mirrors: Columbia University Exhibition, February 1965.
    Art of the T'ang Dynasty and its Antecedents, Columbia University, Low Memorial Library, March 1967.