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A RARE BRONZE FIGURE OF A STAG
4TH - 3RD CENTURY BC
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 12,500 USD
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222
A RARE BRONZE FIGURE OF A STAG
4TH - 3RD CENTURY BC
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 12,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Junkunc: Arts of Ancient China II

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A RARE BRONZE FIGURE OF A STAG
4TH - 3RD CENTURY BC
naturalistically cast with its legs tucked beneath its body, the head facing forward, detailed with rounded eyes and pricked ears below long forked antlers extending back toward its short tail, all supported on a fragmentary base, the surface with malachite encrustation
Height 2 7/8  in., 7.3 cm
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Provenance

Alice Boney, New York, 29th February 1960.
Collection of Stephen Junkunc, III (d. 1978).

Catalogue Note

Distinctively modeled in an expressive style suggesting its Northern origin, bronze stags of this type originally served as ornaments on the lids of bronze drums or storage vessels. See a bronze lid fragment adorned with four very similar stags on the top, included in the exhibition "Animal Style" Art from East to West, Asia House Gallery, New York, 1970, cat. no. 96. Compare also a closely related bronze stag offered in these rooms, 28th May 1991, lot 112. In addition, see a similar bronze stag of a larger size, in the Inner Mongolia Museum, Hohhot, published in Zhongguo meishu quanji qingtongqi [Complete collection of Chinese arts. Archaic bronzes], vol. 2, Beijing, 1986, pl. 165; and another related example, modeled standing, in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, published in Edmund Capon, Art and Archaeology in China, Melbourne, 1977, pl. 45.

Junkunc: Arts of Ancient China II

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New York