14 September 2009
THREE SMALL SILVERY-BRONZE MIRRORS
TANG DYNASTY (618-907)
One of barbed octalobed shape, cast around the knob with two lions alternating with two ducks amidst flowering stems, below insects and clouds alternating on the barbed rim; one square, with an octagonal foliate motif surrounding the knob; the third circular, cast with a bee and insect alternating with birds amidst grapevine surrounding the knob, within a narrow beaded border and an outer field of insects amidst further grapevine
4, 3 5/8 and 3 3/8 in. (10.2, 9.2 and 8.5 cm.) (3)
First and second: Frank Caro, New York, prior to 1967.
Third: J.T. Tai & Co., New York, 1974.
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First and second: Art of the T'ang Dynasty and its Antecedents, Low Memorial Library, Columbia University, New York, March 1967, nos. 29 and 33 respectively.
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