16 September 2003
A Gilt-Bronze Buddhist Ritual Gong (Kei)
Edo period (17th century)
Cast and chiselled in bronze with scalloped borders and flaring out at the bottom corners and decorated on both sides with confronting phoenixes on either side of a lotus blossom in relief, the interior with a stippled border; with a gilt-bronze hanger cast as twisting lotus stalks
8¾in. (22.2cm) wide
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Two other kei have been sold at Christie's, London: 17 June, 1997, lot 367 and 18 June, 2003, lot 181.
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