• Fine Chinese Ceramics and Work auction at Christies

    Sale 2297

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    26 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1295

    A PAIR OF GOLD MAKARA-FORM EARRINGS

    LIAO DYNASTY (907-1125)

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    A PAIR OF GOLD MAKARA-FORM EARRINGS
    LIAO DYNASTY (907-1125)
    Each in the form of a hollow dragon/fish formed by two pieces worked in repoussé in high relief and then joined together, each finely detailed with fins and scales, with a bifurcated crest on top of the head opposite a flower bud projecting below the mouth; together with five small hollow globular buttons, Liao dynasty, with chased decoration around the sides and attached to a small loop
    Earrings 1½ in. (3.8 cm.) high including hook; buttons ¾ in. (1.9 cm.) with loop, fitted box
    Wt. earrings 10.6 g.; buttons 3.2 - 3.6 g. (7)


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    A single gold earring of this shape excavated in 1992 from a Liao dynasty tomb in Inner Mongolia is illustrated by Yu Jianshe, ed., Essence of Chifeng Historical Relics Series, 2006, p. 47, no. CJ031. See, also, the similar earring of slightly larger size (5.7 cm.) dated to the Liao dynasty illustrated by Julia M. White and Emma C. Bunker, Adornment for Eternity: Status and Rank in Chinese Ornament, Denver Art Museum, 1994, p. 158, no. 71.

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    Provenance

    Acquired in the 1980s.