A gold and silver-inlaid bronze mythical beast Song/Ming Dynasty
Lot 30*
A gold and silver-inlaid bronze mythical beast
Song/Ming Dynasty
Sold for £27,500 (US$ 46,222) inc. premium
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A gold and silver-inlaid bronze mythical beast Song/Ming Dynasty
Lot Details
A gold and silver-inlaid bronze mythical beast
Song/Ming Dynasty
The beast powerfully cast with four legs splayed and head rearing up energetically, the body and head intricately inlaid in gold and silver with an archaistic scroll motif.
6.3cm (2 5/8in) long

Footnotes

  • 宋/明 錯金銀瑞獸形銅鎮

    The present lot is based in form and design on a Han Dynasty prototype and would have probably been used on the scholar's desk as a scroll weight. For an early example dated 3rd-1st century BC, see W.Watson, Ancient Chinese Bronzes, London, 1977, pl.89b; and for another gilt-bronze example dated as Han Dynasty, 1st century BC - 1st century AD, see J.Rawson and E.Bunker, Ancient Chinese and Ordos Bronzes, Hong Kong, 1990, pl.116.
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