29 mai 2009

A gilt-bronze dragon head axe fitting. Tang dynasty

A gilt-bronze dragon head axe fitting. Tang dynasty the animal with a 'pearl' clenched between his teeth, the eyes raised in high relief, with picked out fur and scales, the head terminating in a rounded axe blade above a tubular support. 10.1cm., 4in. Est. 15,000—25,000 GBP. Lot Sold 18,750 GBP PROVENANCE: Private collection Hong Kong, 1970s. NOTE: Compare a ceremonial hatchet in the Metropolitan Museum, New York, Rogers Fund, 1916 Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art. 13 May 09. London... [Lire la suite]
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29 mai 2009

A gilt-bronze 'dragon head' fitting. Han dynasty

A gilt-bronze 'dragon head' fitting. Han dynasty the cylindrical shaft terminating in a large dragon's head with bulging eyes and a long upturned snout. 14cm., 5 1/2 in. Est. 6,000—8,000 GBP. Lot Sold 7,500 GBP PROVENANCE: Private Collection, Hong Kong, 1970s. NOTE: A related example, but with incised scales on the slightly curving neck, excavated from the Han tomb no. 2 at Ganguan in Hanjiang, Jiangsu Province, is illustrated in Wenwu, 1981, vol. 11, pl. 1, fig. 5. Compare also similar dragon-head handles, but cast... [Lire la suite]
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