16 September 2010
A RARE SMALL GOLD AND SILVER-INLAID BRONZE TORTOISE-FORM WEIGHT
LATE WARRING STATES PERIOD/WESTERN HAN DYNASTY, 3RD-2ND CENTURY BC
Solid-cast standing with head raised and neck extended from beneath the carapace finely inlaid with a diamond pattern within a dogtooth border, the underside somewhat concave
2 in. (5 cm.) long, box
Acquired Hong Kong, 1988.
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The Glorious Traditions of Chinese Bronzes, Singapore, 2000, no. 80.
Metal, Wood, Water, Fire and Earth, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 2002-2006, p. 119, no. 99.
Tortoise-form weights of this date appear to be quite rare. Another of similar type and small size was sold in these rooms, 30 March 2005, lot 236. As with the present weight, the head is extended, and the body is richly and intricately inlaid in gold and silver.
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