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A SUPERB AND EXTREMELY RARE TURQUOISE-INLAID GOLD OPENWORK CHAPE
A SUPERB AND EXTREMELY RARE TURQUOISE-INLAID GOLD OPENWORK CHAPE
A SUPERB AND EXTREMELY RARE TURQUOISE-INLAID GOLD OPENWORK CHAPE
A SUPERB AND EXTREMELY RARE TURQUOISE-INLAID GOLD OPENWORK CHAPE
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A SUPERB AND EXTREMELY RARE TURQUOISE-INLAID GOLD OPENWORK CHAPE

NORTHWEST CHINA, LATE 6TH-EARLY 5TH CENTURY BC

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A SUPERB AND EXTREMELY RARE TURQUOISE-INLAID GOLD OPENWORK CHAPE
NORTHWEST CHINA, LATE 6TH-EARLY 5TH CENTURY BC
This chape is finely decorated on each side in a complex openwork design of eleven interlaced serpents within a border of stylized bird-heads that rise from small animal heads with turquoise inlay at the bottom corners that flank a band of volutes on each side. The tip of the chape is formed as a dragon head.
2 1/8 in. (5.3 cm.) high; weight 35.2 g
Provenance
Dr. Johan Carl Kempe (1884-1967) Collection, Sweden, before 1953, no. CK1.
Sotheby's London, Masterpieces of Chinese Precious Metalwork. Early Gold and Silver, 14 May 2008, lot 19.
Literature
Bo Gyllensvärd, Chinese Gold and Silver in the Carl Kempe Collection, Stockholm, 1953, cat. no. 1.
Chinese Gold and Silver in the Carl Kempe Collection, The Museum of Art and Far Eastern Antiquities in Ulricehamn, Ulricehamn, 1999, pl. 1.
Exhibited
Washington, D.C., Smithsonian Institution, Chinese Gold and Silver in the Carl Kempe Collection, 1954-1955, cat. no. 1.
New York, Asia House Gallery, Chinese Gold, Silver and Porcelain. The Kempe Collection, 1971, cat. no. 1, an exhibition touring the United States and shown also at nine other museums.

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