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AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE AND IMPORTANT PARCEL-GILT SILVER 'RHINOCEROS' DISH
AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE AND IMPORTANT PARCEL-GILT SILVER 'RHINOCEROS' DISH
AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE AND IMPORTANT PARCEL-GILT SILVER 'RHINOCEROS' DISH
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AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE AND IMPORTANT PARCEL-GILT SILVER 'RHINOCEROS' DISH

TANG DYNASTY (AD 618-907)

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AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE AND IMPORTANT PARCEL-GILT SILVER 'RHINOCEROS' DISH
TANG DYNASTY (AD 618-907)
The circular dish has shallow, rounded sides rising from a short, splayed footring. The medallion is finely decorated in repoussé and parcel-gilt with a figure of a rhinoceros, which stands foursquare facing to the left, and carries on its back three blossoms supported on a lotus-petal base. The details of the expressive face and the scaly hide are finely chased. The figure is enclosed within a raised and gilt ring, and the everted rim is similarly set with two raised and gilt lines. The back is undecorated.
6 in. (15.2 cm.) diam.; weight 315 g
Provenance
Dr. Johan Carl Kempe (1884-1967) Collection, Sweden, before 1953.
Sotheby’s London, Masterpieces of Chinese Precious Metalwork. Early Gold and Silver, 14 May 2008, lot 59.
Literature
Bo Gyllensvärd, Chinese Gold & Silver in the Carl Kempe Collection, Stockholm, 1953, pp. 186-87, cat. no. 120.
Chinese Gold & Silver in the Carl Kempe Collection, The Museum of Art and Far Eastern Antiquities in Ulricehamn, Ulricehamn, 1999, p. 167, cat. no. 123.
Qi Dongfang, Tangdai jin yin qi yanjiu [Research on Tang Gold and Silver], Beijing, 1999, pl. 30.
Exhibited
Washington, D.C., Smithsonian Institution, Chinese Gold & Silver in the Carl Kempe Collection, 1954-55, p. 39, cat. no. 120.
New York, Asia House Gallery, Chinese Gold, Silver and Porcelain. The Kempe Collection, 1971, pp. 81-82, cat. no. 59, an exhibition touring the United States and shown also at nine other museums.

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