27 mai 2009

An exceptionally rare pair of imperial gilt-bronze 'dragon' ritual bells, bianzhong. Kangxi cast marks, corresponding to 1715

An exceptionally rare pair of imperial gilt-bronze 'dragon' ritual bells, bianzhong. Kangxi cast marks, corresponding to 1715, and of the period The bells are finely cast, each suspended from a pair of dragons forming the handle, the two scaly bodies intertwined, each of the beasts powerfully modelled with its mouth open to reveal its tongue between sharp fangs, with two long studded horns extending back over its head along a finely incised mane, the large claws clutching the barrel-shaped body of the bell, the body exquisitely... [Lire la suite]