18 March 2009
A SILVERY BRONZE SQUARE LION AND GRAPEVINE MIRROR
TANG DYNASTY (618-907)
The central lion-shaped knob surrounded by lions with raised heads frolicking amidst grapevine, within a raised beaded border and an outer field where pairs of birds are shown amidst further grapevine, three pairs shown in flight and a pair of ducks shown standing, while a single bird with closed wings sits in each corner, with raised rim and slightly flared sides, the reflective reverse with extensive green encrustation
4 9/16 in. (11.6 cm.) square
Yamanaka & Co., New York.
Mrs. Christian R. Holmes Collection; Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, 14-15 November 1963, lot 236.
J.T. Tai & Co., New York, 1966.
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Art of the T'ang Dynasty and its Antecedents, Columbia University, Low Memorial Library, March 1967, no. 39.
A very similar square bronze mirror in the Sumitomo Collection is illustrated in Toukyou (Tang Mirrors), Sen-Oku Hakuko Kan, Kyoto, 2006, p. 24, no. 24.
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