A gilt-lacquer seated bronze figure Ming Dynasty
Lot 188
A gilt-lacquered bronze figure of Zhenwu Late Ming Dynasty
Sold for £2,400 (US$ 4,033) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A gilt-lacquered bronze figure of Zhenwu
Late Ming Dynasty
Cast seated with a tortoise between the legs atop a bench, his hair flowing neatly, his face set in a contemplative expression, wearing elaborate overflowing robes with floral decorations on the hem.
37cm (14½in) high


  • Provenance: Professor Max Esterer, Germany.

    Professor Esterer spent 17 years in China between the First World War and the Second Sino-Japanese War. During his stay in China he is said to have befriended Chiang Kai Shek, who on the former's return to Germany sent him tea to Bavaria for the next ten years.

    For a related bronze figure of Zhenwu, dated by inscription to 1626, see Sydney L.Moss Ltd., The Second Bronze Age: Later Chinese Metalwork, London, 1991, Catalogue no.4.
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