• 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 1285

    A RARE SMALL GOLD OPENWORK ORNAMENT

    5TH-4TH CENTURY BC

    Price Realised  

    A RARE SMALL GOLD OPENWORK ORNAMENT
    5TH-4TH CENTURY BC
    Well cast as two battling animals, one a large dragon with taotie mask head and two rows of beading following the sinuous lines of the body which is entwined with and being bitten by a mongoose-like animal with equally sinuous body and short whiskers sprouting from beside the small nose, also with small ears and two narrow bands of granulation extending from behind the front legs to the tail, the reverse concave
    2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm.) long
    Wt. 46.2 g.


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    This elegant ornament is stylistically similar in its use of interlaced bodies decorated with beaded bands to that of a gold ornament of comparable size dated to the 5th-4th century BC, illustrated in Chinesisches Gold und Silber: Die Sammlung Pierre Uldry, Museum Rietberg, Zürich, 1994, p. 74, no. 13.

    A Technical Examination Report is available upon request.

    Provenance

    A.W. Bahr Collection, Weybridge, England.
    Edna Bahr, Connecticut, late 1960s.