25 March 2010
A SMALL PARCEL-GILT-DECORATED INCISED BRONZE BOWL
EARLY WESTERN HAN DYNASTY, 3RD CENTURY BC
The exterior cast with three bow-string bands superimposed by two mask handles, the lower body, base, interior and everted rim incised with scrolling decoration and dogtooth bands retaining gilding; together with a small bronze stand, Han dynasty, raised on three bear supports, with circles cast atop the rim, and inlaid with a ring of now opaque ivory-colored material; and a small gilt-bronze ding and cover surmounted by three recumbent rams, Han dynasty
6½, 5 5/8 and 6 in. (16.5, 14.3 and 15.2 cm.) across (3)
Parcel-gilt bowl: acquired prior to 1977.
Stand: A.W. Bahr Collection, Weybridge, 1963.
Gilt-bronze ding and cover: acquired prior to 1977.
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