A gilt bronze finial Han dynasty

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A gilt bronze finial
Han dynasty

Sold for US$ 15,000 inc. premium
A gilt bronze finial
Han dynasty
Cast as a mythical bird in flight, with long, rectangular wings and a fan-shaped plume at the tail, the feathers of stylized geometric form, the head turned back with large eyes and a hooked beak and horn-like protuberances, attached to a heavily encrusted fitting, the surface of the bird with scattered areas of gilt loss, and encrustation.
2 5/8 in (6.7cm) long

Footnotes

  • 漢 銅鎏金飛鷹形頂飾

    Provenance:
    Eskenazi Ltd., London. 5 June 1989, Eskenazi stock ref. #C-929

    The present lot exhibits similarities in style and execution with a group of gilt bronze fittings made for a cylindrical vessel and cover, dated Western Han dynasty, including three mounts in the form of phoenix-like birds that likely adorned the cover of the vessel. See Giuseppe Eskenazi, Inlaid Bronze and Related Material from Pre-Tang China, London, 1991, cat. no. 11. The features of the bird's heads, the articulation of the feathers and the crispness of the casting bear a close relationship to this lot. Elaborately plumed mythical birds, especially in the form of finials, are often observed in Han bronzes. See a slightly later gilt bronze finial, dated Eastern Han/Six dynasties, sold Bonhams Hong Kong, 24 November 2013, lot 536.
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A gilt bronze finial Han dynasty
A gilt bronze finial Han dynasty
A gilt bronze finial Han dynasty
A gilt bronze finial Han dynasty
A gilt bronze finial Han dynasty
A gilt bronze finial Han dynasty
A gilt bronze finial Han dynasty
A gilt bronze finial Han dynasty
A gilt bronze finial Han dynasty
A gilt bronze finial Han dynasty
A gilt bronze finial Han dynasty
A gilt bronze finial Han dynasty
A gilt bronze finial Han dynasty
A gilt bronze finial Han dynasty
A gilt bronze finial Han dynasty
A gilt bronze finial Han dynasty
A gilt bronze finial Han dynasty
A gilt bronze finial Han dynasty
A gilt bronze finial Han dynasty
A gilt bronze finial Han dynasty
A gilt bronze finial Han dynasty
A gilt bronze finial Han dynasty
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