• 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 1277

    A SILVERY BRONZE 'ANIMAL AND GRAPEVINE' MIRROR

    TANG DYNASTY (618-907)

    Price Realised  

    A SILVERY BRONZE 'ANIMAL AND GRAPEVINE' MIRROR
    TANG DYNASTY (618-907)
    Crisply cast in relief with a central knob surrounded by five large beasts frolicking amidst a fruit-laden grape vine, within a narrow raised border and an outer field which contains a lengthy inscription beneath a sawtooth band, the reverse plain, with silvery surface and some green and ferrous encrustation
    5 7/16 in. (13.8 cm.) diam., box


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    An identical mirror bearing the same inscription is in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, illustrated in Catalogue of Special Exhibition of Bronze Mirrors in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1986, p. 150, pl. 73.

    Provenance

    Acquired in Hong Kong circa 1991.