• 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 1289

    TWO RARE GOLD MONSTER-MASK FITTINGS

    EASTERN ZHOU DYNASTY (770-256 BC)

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    TWO RARE GOLD MONSTER-MASK FITTINGS
    EASTERN ZHOU DYNASTY (770-256 BC)
    Each cast in high relief as a taotie mask with incised and granulated decoration, one more in openwork with the short curved bodies of two dragons flanking the eyes below curved horns and outward-curved projections, the other, broader mask with curved tusks ending in pointed tips projecting either side of the nose
    2¾ and 2 7/8 in. (7 and 7.3 cm.) wide
    Wt. 35.7 and 36.7 g. (2)


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    A group of similar cast gold masks of varying sizes (2.9-8.3 cm. wide) dated to the Warring States period (475-221 BC) are illustrated in Celestial Creations: Art of the Chinese Goldsmith - The Cheng Xun Tang Collection - I- , Art Museum, Institute of Chinese Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2007, p. 65, no. A30. The authors note that similar gold plaques have been recovered from tombs of the Spring and Autumn to Warring States periods in Baoji and Fengxiang, Shaanxi province.

    A Technical Examination Report is available upon request.

    Provenance

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