THREE TURQUOISE-INLAID GOLD ORNAMENTS
THREE TURQUOISE-INLAID GOLD ORNAMENTS

TANG DYNASTY (AD 618-907)

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THREE TURQUOISE-INLAID GOLD ORNAMENTS
TANG DYNASTY (AD 618-907)
The group of ornaments is comprised of a pair of crescent-shaped comb tops, each formed from gold sheet and decorated with a central flower flanked by a pair of birds in flight, all formed by cloisons, some with turquoise inlays; and a gold rosette similarly decorated with turquoise and glass inlays.
Comb tops 3 1/8 in. (8 cm.) long; weight 3.6 g each; leather box
Rosette 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm.) diam.; weight 1.3 g
Provenance
Dr. Johan Carl Kempe (1884-1967) Collection, Sweden, before 1953, nos. 37 and no. 38.
Sotheby's London, Masterpieces of Chinese Precious Metalwork. Early Gold and Silver, 14 May 2008, lot 85.
Literature
Bo Gyllensvärd, Chinese Gold and Silver in the Carl Kempe Collection, Stockholm, 1953, cat. nos. 37 and 38.
Bo Gyllensvärd, 'T'ang Gold and Silver', Bulletin of the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, No. 29, Stockholm, 1957, pl. 7e, figs.12c and 80v.
Chinese Gold and Silver in the Carl Kempe Collection, The Museum of Art and Far Eastern Antiquities in Ulricehamn, Ulricehamn, 1999, pls. 35 and 36.
Exhibited
Comb tops: Copenhagen, Dansk Kunstindustrimuseum, Kinas Kunst i Svensk og Dansk eje, 1950, cat. no. 170.
Washington, D.C., Smithsonian Institution, Chinese Gold and Silver in the Carl Kempe Collection, 1954-55, cat. nos. 37 and 38.
Comb tops: New York, Asia House Gallery, Chinese Gold, Silver and Porcelain. The Kempe Collection, 1971, cat. no. 14, an exhibition touring the United States and shown also at nine other museums.

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