26 March 2010,
New York, Rockefeller Plaza
Price Realised USD 60,000
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.
Acquired in Hong Kong circa 1991.