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    Sale 2268

    Fine Chinese Art from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    18 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 222

    A RARE PAIR OF BRONZE CHARIOT WHEEL LINCHPINS

    EARLY WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, CIRCA 11TH-10TH CENTURY BC

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    A RARE PAIR OF BRONZE CHARIOT WHEEL LINCHPINS
    EARLY WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, CIRCA 11TH-10TH CENTURY BC
    The L-shaped terminal of each cast in high relief with a kneeling, naked man with large head and projecting ears holding the ears of an animal head, with an arched opening beneath the bent legs of the figure, the tapering backing and platform cast with scrolls, with a pierced rectangular pin projecting from the underside of the convex platform
    5 in. (12.7 cm.) high, stands (2)


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    Other linchpins also cast with a similar combination of human and animal have been published: a pair by W.P. Yetts, The George Eumorfopoulos Collection Catalogue, vol. 1, London, 1929, pl. LXIV, nos. A 114 and 115; one from the Freer Gallery of Art, by O. Sirén, A History of Early Chinese Art: The Prehistoric and Pre-Han Periods, vol. I, London, 1929, pl. 51 B; and a pair in Ancient Chinese Arts in the Idemitsu Collection, Tokyo, 1989, col. pl. 94.

    Provenance

    D. David-Weill Collection; Sotheby's, London, 29 February 1972, lot 101.


    Literature

    Hayashi Minao, In Shu jidai seidoki no kenkyu (In Shu seidoki soran ichi), Tokyo, 1986, vol. 2, p. 309, no. 11-27.
    One illustrated by S. Elisséeff, "Les Motifs des bronzes chinois', Revue des arts asiatiques, 1934, pl. LXX (a).
    Both: O. Sirén, A History of Early Chinese Art: The Prehistoric and Pre-Han Periods, London, 1929, vol. I, pl. 66A and B.


    Exhibited

    Bronzes chinois des Dynasties Tcheou, Ts'in et Han, Musée de l'Orangerie, Paris, 1934, nos. 93 and 94.