Lot 3
  • 3

A BRONZE 'CAO YE' MIRROR HAN DYNASTY

Estimate
2,000 - 3,000 USD
Sold
4,375 USD
bidding is closed

Description

  • Diameter 5 1/2  in., 14 cm
the domed boss enclosed by four trefoils extending to the corners of a square border cast with eight characters reading jian ri zhi ming, chang le wei ying (Seeing the light of the sun, brings everlasting joy), surrounded by a ring with four bosses alternating with stylized tree motifs and trefoils with concave leaves, all set within a raised scalloped border around the rim, the silvery-gray patina with patches of green encrustation, Japanese wood box (4)

Provenance

Kitayama Fine Arts, Tokyo, acquired in the 1970s.

Catalogue Note

A mirror of the same size and pattern from the Swedish Royal Collections is illustrated by Karlgren, 'Early Chinese Mirrors', B.M.F.E.A. Stockholm, no. 40, 1968, pl. 102, no. K 11, together with another of slightly smaller size, no. K 12.
Close