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]
04 avril 2009

A large imperial gilt-bronze archaistic temple bell, bianzhong. Mark and period of Qianlong

A large imperial gilt-bronze archaistic temple bell, bianzhong. Mark and period of Qianlong, dated to the tenth year of the reign of emperor Qianlong (corresponding to 1746) the large rounded bell heavily cast, the flat top suspended from a powerfully cast four-sided geometric fret-work handle, the body cast in high relief with five panels of alternating decorative bands including bosses and stylised triagrams, divided by two rectangular panels each enclosing an inscribed tablet raised on a lotus pedestal and surrounded by... [Lire la suite]