Although several Tang dynasty examples from this group are published, it is extremely rare to find a box of this technique and design. Compare a dish in the same style, decorated in the center with a beast, excavated from a Tang tomb in Aohan Banner, Inner Mongolia, illustrated in Zhongguo wenwu jinghua daquan. Jinyinyushijuan [Compendium of Chinese Art. Gold, silver, jade and stone], Hong Kong, 1994, pl. 68; and two dishes, one decorated with a pair of foxes and the other with a type of mythical beast called feilian, excavated from Hejia village, Xi'an, Shaanxi province, exhibited in HuawudaTangchun. Hejiacun yibao jingcui (Selected Treasures from Hejiacun Tang hoard), Shaanxi History Museum, Xi'an and School of Archaeology and Museology at Peking University, 2003, cat. nos 24 and 25 respectively, together with a flask decorated with a horse, cat. no. 64; as well as two dishes, each decorated with a rhinoceros in the center, formerly in the Carl Kempe Collection, and sold in our London rooms, 14th May 2008, lots 59 and 60.
The subject of a lion preying on a deer is also very rare for silver repoussé wares. A parcel-gilt silver floriform dish, decorated in a similar style to the center with a lion biting on the hind legs of a deer, attributed to the Tang dynasty, was offered at Christie's London, 10th June 1991, lot 45; another parcel-gilt silver box engraved to the top and bottom with a single leonine beast surrounded by flowers and birds, from the Carl Kempe Collection, was sold in our London rooms, 14th May 2008, lot 81. For Tang dynasty silver boxes of the same form, see a parcel-gilt example similarly modeled with six lobes, from the Tang dynasty, excavated from Tangyu in Lantian, Shaanxi province, published in ibid., Hong Kong, 1994, cat. no. 88.
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