A large bronze 'lions and grapes' mirror Liao dynasty
Lot 390
A large bronze 'lions and grapes' mirror Liao dynasty
HK$ 80,000 - 100,000
US$ 10,000 - 13,000
Lot Details
Property from an important private collection (lots 381-403)
A large bronze 'lions and grapes' mirror
Liao dynasty
Cast with one side flat and polished, the other side with a central medallion of a bear finial encircled by six ferocious lions hunting dear and birds, with further creatures within two concentric ridges and a outer floral border, all amidst dense scrolls of fruiting grapevines.
21.9cm diam.

Footnotes

  • 遼 瑞獸葡萄紋大銅鏡

    Provenance 來源:
    Dr. Wintour collection (1874-1943), an American chemist
    William Strunk Jr. collection, acquired in 1933
    美國溫特博士(1874~1943)舊藏
    威廉.倫克先生1933年收藏,後由此家族保存至今

    Compare a smaller but similar example in the Idemitsu Museum of Art, illustrated in Ancient Chinese Arts in the Idemitsu Collection, Tokyo, 1989, no.299. For another comparable example, see Chinese Art in Overseas Collections. Bronze, Taipei, 1985, p.209, no.206.

    銅鏡圓形,伏獸形鈕,內圈紋飾高浮雕,為六隻海獸,三隻狻猊,值得一提的是,排列於三隻狻猊中,穿梭著三隻翱翔天際之「飛馬」。一般所見海獸葡萄紋鏡通常以狻猊為題材,在隋、唐銅鏡中四處可見。但此銅鏡不尋常的使用三隻狻猊,配合三隻「飛馬」交錯環繞於鈕外內圈內,屬極為罕見。六隻海獸抬頭,正視,飛揚,奔騰,神態各異,變化無窮,其空隙處配以葡萄及纏枝葉紋,增加其生動之美。棱脊外亦佈滿葡萄與纏枝紋,枝葉間飾以飛馬、鵲、蝴蝶、虻、蜂等,無論狻猊、飛馬、鵲或其他昆蟲,姿態各異。鏡邊斜起,斜坡上使用小花紋飾環繞其間。此銅鏡在佈置上之複雜作工之繁複,在唐朝銅鏡裡實不多見。

    此銅鏡在尺寸也不同尋常。一般所見海獸葡萄紋鏡尺寸均不大,超過15公分者,已屬大器,如本鏡般直徑高達22公分之鉅,碩大之尺寸唐代銅鏡在傳世品中誠屬難見之物,本鏡是極為難得罕見超大形唐朝精美海獸葡萄紋鏡。此鏡被收藏接近一個世紀,今重現拍場,實為銅鏡藏家夢寐以求、畢生難逢、機不可失的唯一收藏機會。
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