Lot 160
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A RARE AND IMPORTANT IMPERIAL GILT-BRONZE RITUAL BELL (BIANZHONG) QIANLONG MARK AND PERIOD, DATED TO THE EIGHTH YEAR, CORRESPONDING TO 1743

Estimate
1,000,000 - 1,500,000 USD
Sold
1,210,000 USD
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Description

finely-cast, the cylindrical form boldly surmounted by a pair of addorsed five-clawed dragons each crisply cast with a finely scaled arched back, the horned head raised with mouth agape bearing fangs, and supported on powerful extended front claws, the gently convex sides cast in sharp relief with a pair of animated dragons striding amidst roiling seas and fiery clouds, centered to either side with an upright rectangular cartouche set on a tiered lotus stand and ornamented on three sides with symmetrical cloud scrolls, one enclosing an incised reign mark Qianlong banian zhi, the opposing similar panel incised with three characters beinanlu, the low octave of the tenth note, the bell's musical pitch, all between bands of formal foliate scroll and stylized clouds, a circular striking disc centrally placed to the front and back
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