1079
1079

PROPERTY FROM THE MANHEIM COLLECTION

TWO BRONZE MIRRORS
TANG DYNASTY
Estimate
3,0005,000
LOT SOLD. 4,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT
1079

PROPERTY FROM THE MANHEIM COLLECTION

TWO BRONZE MIRRORS
TANG DYNASTY
Estimate
3,0005,000
LOT SOLD. 4,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Saturday at Sotheby's: Asian Art

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TWO BRONZE MIRRORS
TANG DYNASTY
each cast with a lion knop encircled by six smaller recumbent mythical beasts and grapevines, enclosed by a band of birds alternating with clusters of grapes, together with an unusual 'boys at play' bronze mirror, Song / Jin dynasty (3)
Diameter of largest 4 1/2 in., 11.4 cm
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Exhibited

The 'mythical beasts and grapevine' mirror (1967-2009) and 'boys at play' mirror (1968-2009): 
Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, on loan.
The 'mythical beasts and grapevine' mirror:
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, on loan (1967-2009).

Catalogue Note

The famous and now classic 'mythical beasts and grapevine' design was derived from the Mediterranean area and the Middle East and arrived at the Tang capital Chang'an via the Silk Road. During the height of the Tang dynasty there was a distinct predilection for exotica and this attractive design with striding lions and abundant grape clusters would have been a very desirable luxury item. For further discussion on the design and some of its variations see Totu Nakano, Bronze Mirrors from Ancient China, Donald H. Graham Jr. Collection, Hong Kong, 1994.pp. 206 - 223.

Saturday at Sotheby's: Asian Art

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New York