• 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 1286

    A RARE PAIR OF SMALL GOLD CIRCULAR FITTINGS

    LATE EASTERN HAN/SIX DYNASTIES PERIOD, 2ND-4TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A RARE PAIR OF SMALL GOLD CIRCULAR FITTINGS
    LATE EASTERN HAN/SIX DYNASTIES PERIOD, 2ND-4TH CENTURY
    Each slightly domed circular cap stamped with a dogtooth band around the sides and surmounted by a snarling chimera standing in a threatening position with head slightly turned, with long slender beard, V-shaped mane, wings sweeping back from the front haunches and a slender tail flicked to one side
    1 and 1 1/16 in. (2.5 and 2.7 cm.) high
    Wt. 31.3 and 28.3 g. (2)


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    A very similar fitting, dated late Eastern Han or Six Dynasties, 2nd-4th century AD, is illustrated in Chinesisches Gold und Silber: Die Sammlung Pierre Uldry, Reitberg Museum, Zürich, 1994, p. 134, no. 109.

    A Technical Examination Report is available upon request.

    Provenance

    Acquired in Hong Kong in the 1980s.