• 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 1291

    A GROUP OF RARE GOLD PLAQUES

    WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, QIN CULTURE, CIRCA 9TH-8TH CENTURY BC

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    A GROUP OF RARE GOLD PLAQUES
    WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, QIN CULTURE, CIRCA 9TH-8TH CENTURY BC
    Made from thick hammered gold sheet and with chased decoration, the largest of elongated arrow shape with elongated C-scrolls and pierced near the edges of the upper section for attachment; two of the plaques of slightly rhomboid shape with short extensions at two opposing corners, with hooked scrolls surrounding an oblong 'eye', the corners pierced; the fourth of rectangular shape with one barbed edge, with a band of conforming shape bordering two scale-shaped motifs, with double piercings at two corners
    13 7/8, 4 5/8 and 4¾ in. (34.7, 11.8 and 12 cm.) long, box
    Wt. 178.8, 55.5, 79.5 and 64.7 g. (4)


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    These rare gold sheet plaques are very similar to a group illustrated by Han Wei and Christian Deydier, Ancient Chinese Gold, Paris, 2001, pp. 28-31, pls. 20-25, which are dated Western Zhou dynasty, Qin culture, and are in a private collection. The authors discuss the discovery of a tomb in the east of Dabaozi mountain in Li county, Gansu province. The tomb was attributed to a nobleman of the state of Qin, possibly the Qin Marquis Zhong (845-822 BC), or his son the Qin Duke of Zhuang (822-778 BC), and contained gold sheet and gold objects, including "a set of gold sheets of fish-scale-like shape, square but with round, rectangular angles etc. and adorned with a lip design and C-shaped clouds".

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    Provenance

    Acquired in Hong Kong in the 1980s.