A very fine and rare gilt-bronze Densatil 'four dancers' frieze
Ming Dynasty, 14th/15th century
The rectangular frieze heavily yet elegantly cast in high relief with four goddesses dancing on a single-lotus pedestal with a beaded rim, each figure with a serene expression standing with her right leg crossed and head tilted to the left, holding musical instruments and ritual ornaments in four arms, all surmounted by tiaras and wearing long dhotis with a jewelled sash, adorned with large disk earrings and necklaces inlaid with various semi-precious stones, a garland draped across the top of the frieze, fixed stand. The frieze overall 38cm wide x 37cm high x 17cm deep (15in wide x 14 9/16in high x 6¾in deep) (2).
- Please note that there is a missing semi-circular piece (approx. 4cm diam.) from the rim above the far right dancer, with some further re-gilding to the rim.