Lot 54
  • 54

A VERY FINE AND RARE PARCEL-GILT SILVER BOWL TANG DYNASTY, 8TH/9TH CENTURY

Estimate
350,000 - 400,000 GBP
Sold
1,140,500 GBP
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Description

rendered in the shape of an open lotus flower with everted rim and flat base, the slightly flared sides decorated with three bands of overlapping lotus petals in repousse work, each petal finely engraved and gilt on the exterior with a pair of confronting birds in flight amidst lush foliage and separated by a floral rosette, the tips of a fourth band of petals and a band of upright lappets visible below the rim, the interior superbly engraved to the centre with a central gilt medallion formed by four pairs of confronting birds radiating from a central ribbon and interspersed with flowering branches

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