A Gold Perfume holder, Pomander  Song/Jin dynasty, 11th/12th century

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Lot 358
A Gold Perfume holder, Pomander
Song/Jin dynasty, 11th/12th century

US$ 10,000 - 15,000
£ 8,000 - 12,000
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A Gold Perfume holder, Pomander
Song/Jin dynasty, 11th/12th century
Crafted from a sheet of gold, pierced and decorated in repoussé and chasing technique, the teardrop-shaped container composed of two halves with one side fitting tightly into the other, meant to hold fragrant leaves or scented material and to be suspended from either a belt or attached to a shawl.
3 3/8in (8.5cm) high

Footnotes

  • 宋/金 十一/十二世紀 鏤空金香薰盒一件

    Compare similar examples published in Adornment for Eternity (Denver Art Museum, 1994) by Julia M. White and Emma C. Bunker. p 186, no. 98, and in Adornment for the Body and Soul, Ancient Chinese Ornaments from the Mengdiexuan Collection (Hong Kong: The university Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong, 1999), Emma C. Bunker, Julia M. White, and Jenny F. So, p. 289 no.131.

    See also a pomander excavated from a woman's tomb in Nanjing in 1980 published in Wenwu (Beijing: 1982.3), pl. 3 no. 1, and in Zhongguo meishu quanji (Beijing: Renmin Meishu Chubanshe, 1988) by Yang Boda, vol. 10, p. 41, pls. 86 & 87.

    A gold pendant of similar form decorated in openwork with a phoenix and peony design, excavated in 1980 from a Northern Song tomb at Mufushan, Nanjing, and now in the collection of the Nanjing Museum, is illustrated in Compendium of Chinese Works of Art, Arts and Crafts 10: Gold, Silver, Glass, and Cloisonné (Beijing: 1987), p. 41, nos. 86 and 87, with description on p. 25, where the author states that this type of pendant was worn on a silk cord or necklace and used as a pomander.

    Another similar gold 'twin phoenix' pendant is illustrated in the catalogue of the special exhibition organized by the Art Museum of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, entitled Celestial Creations, Art of the Chinese Goldsmith: The Cheng Xun Tang Collection, (Hong Kong: 2007), Vol. I, pp. 224–225, described as a scarf pendant and attributed to the Song dynasty.
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A Gold Perfume holder, Pomander  Song/Jin dynasty, 11th/12th century
A Gold Perfume holder, Pomander  Song/Jin dynasty, 11th/12th century
A Gold Perfume holder, Pomander  Song/Jin dynasty, 11th/12th century
A Gold Perfume holder, Pomander  Song/Jin dynasty, 11th/12th century
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