14 September 2009
A RARE SILVER-EMBELLISHED LACQUERED SHELL
TANG DYNASTY (618-907)
The shell retaining some of the original lacquer ground on which was laid the silver sheet decoration cut out and engraved as a large parrot positioned below a lotus blossom and surrounded by smaller birds and clouds
3½ in. (8.9 cm.) long, box
Sammy Y. Lee & Wangs Co., Hong Kong, 1973.
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Compare the similar silver-embellished lacquered shell, and probably the mate to the present lot, illustrated by Lee Yu-kuan, Oriental Lacquer Art, New York/Tokyo, 1972, p. 70, no. 13.
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