14 September 2009
THREE BRONZE MIRRORS
EASTERN HAN DYNASTY (25-220)
Including a blackish mirror finely cast with two pairs of winged tigers and dragons confronted around the knob and encircled by an inscription and a hatchured band below decorative bands on the inclined rim; one silvery and thick, finely cast in high relief with two horned and winged dragons confronted around the central knob, within a hatchured band below cloud scroll on the rim; the third also blackish, with a striding dragon and a knotted snake surrounding the knob, below various animals and birds flat-cast on the inclined rim
5, 4 5/8 and 4¾ in. (12.7, 11.8 and 12 cm.) diam., one box (3)
First: Frank Caro, New York, 1964.
Second: J.T. Tai & Co., New York, 1966.
Third: Desmond Gure Collection, 1968.
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Third mirror: D. Gure, "An Early Jade Animal Vessel and Some Parallels", T.O.C.S., vol. 31, London, 1957-59, pp. 75-81, pl. 28a (detail).
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