A rare pair of silver taotie-mask handles Warring States Period (2)

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A rare pair of silver taotie-mask handles
Warring States Period

£ 12,000 - 20,000
US$ 14,000 - 24,000
A rare pair of silver taotie-mask handles
Warring States Period
The masks finely cast as taotie with curved leaf-shaped ears, finely striated hair markings and brows, the almond-shaped bulging eyes flanking the loops forming the snout, the reverse with a rectangular tab for attachment. Each 7.8cm (2 7/8in) wide. (2).

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  • The Property of a Gentleman 士紳藏品

    戰國 銀獸面鋪首一對

    Provenance: Sotheby's London, 10 December 1991, lot 28
    Stephen K.C.Lo P.C. Lu Works of Art Ltd., Hong Kong, 11 April 1992
    Jean-Yves Ollivier Collection

    來源:1991年12月10日於倫敦蘇富比拍賣,拍品28號
    香港古董商魯氏有限公司,1992年4月11日
    歐宗易先生珍藏

    A related pair of silver taotie mask handles and a further gilt-bronze one are illustrated in Mancheng hanmu fajue baogao, Beijing, 1980, pls.2 and 15.

    Compare with a related pair of gilt-bronze taotie mask ring-handles, Eastern Zhou dynasty, which was sold at Bonhams London, 9 November 2017, lot 5.

    銀質,形作饕餮,曲角,卷耳,鼓目,鼻作彎鉤以銜環,環佚,各部位以卷尾凸線勾勒,且以幾何紋為地,後鑄扁平插件作固定之用。

    相關他例可參考滿城漢墓出土之一對銀質鋪首和銅鎏金鋪首,著錄於《滿城漢墓發掘報告》,北京,1980年圖版2及15。另可參考一對東周銅鎏金饕餮鋪首,2017年11月9日售於倫敦邦瀚斯,拍品5號。
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A rare pair of silver taotie-mask handles Warring States Period (2)
A rare pair of silver taotie-mask handles Warring States Period (2)
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