• Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art auction at Christies

    Sale 5812

    Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art and Textiles

    6 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 29

    A GROUP OF SEVEN BRONZE KNIVES, HAN DYNASTY (206 BC-AD 220) AND LATER

    Price Realised  

    A GROUP OF SEVEN BRONZE KNIVES, HAN DYNASTY (206 BC-AD 220) AND LATER
    comprising two slender knives with convex sides and ibex head pommel; a curved knife with pierced handle and raptor head pommel; a knife with wolf head pommel; two knives with almost straight sides with pommels decorated with geometrical design; and a further slender knife with stylised animal head pommel -- The first, 8¼in. (21cm.) long. (7)


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    Provenance

    First, Third, Fifth, Sixth and Seventh: William Mayer Collection. C.T. Loo, New York. Frank Caro, New York, 1960; Second and Fourth: Acquired prior to 1978.


    Literature

    First, Third, Fifth, Sixth and Seventh: Bunker, Emma C.; Kawami, Trudy S.; with Linduff, Katheryn M.; Ancient Bronzes of the Eastern Eurasian Steppes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections. The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, New York, 1997; cat. no. 46, 25, 65, 69, 45.
    First: Carter, Dagny; China Magnificent. Five Thousand Years Of Chinese Art. New York, 1935; p.33.
    Fourth: OMPB III, p. 3.
    Seventh: Carter, Dagny, The Symbol of the Beast, New York, 1957, p. 96, plate 20, figure D.