14 September 2009,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 2,250
Estimate USD 3,000 - USD 5,000
A TORTOISE-FORM BRONZE AND COWRIE SHELL MAT WEIGHT
WESTERN HAN DYNASTY (206 BC-AD 8)
Cast as a tortoise seated with legs bent and shown along the edges of the flat base, the raised head with pointed snout and gold-inlaid eyes, hollow cast to hold a large cowrie shell; together with a gilt-bronze ram-form mat weight, Western Han dynasty, with head raised and legs bent at the sides, with tear-shaped cells for inlay
5 and 4¼ in. (12.7 and 10.5 cm.) long (2)
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Both: Frank Caro, New York, 1974 and 1964, respectively.
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