240
240
A GILT-BRONZE TIGER-FORM WEIGHT
HAN DYNASTY
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 118,750 USD
JUMP TO LOT
240
A GILT-BRONZE TIGER-FORM WEIGHT
HAN DYNASTY
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 118,750 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Junkunc: Arts of Ancient China II

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A GILT-BRONZE TIGER-FORM WEIGHT
HAN DYNASTY
the feline cast in a tightly coiled pose with its head supported on its paw resting on its rump, its neck adorned with a collar, its face detailed with a broad snout below oval-shaped protruding eyes and large pointed ears, the details finely incised, all supported on a circular disc base
Diameter 2 3/8  in., 6 cm
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Provenance

Nagatani Inc., Chicago, 20th December 1950.
Collection of Stephen Junkunc, III (d. 1978).

Catalogue Note

Compare a closely related bronze weight illustrated in Sun Ji, 'Han zhen yishu [The Art of Han Weights]', Wenwu, 1983, no. 6, p. 70, fig. 1, no. 3, where the author discusses the different types of weights and their uses; another, from the collection of Mrs. Nora Lundgren, included in the exhibition Mostra d'arte cinese [Exhibition of Chinese art], Venice, 1954, cat. no. 97, and published in Bo Gyllensvärd, 'Axel and Nora Lundgren's Bequest of Chinese Bronzes, Bulletin of the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, no. 49, Stockholm, 1977, pl. 14, fig. b.

See also a gilt-bronze weight of this type, but without the incised details, in the Idemitsu Collection, illustrated in Ancient Chinese Arts in the Idemitsu Collection, Osaka, 1989, cat. no. 236; and another formerly in the Sakamoto Collection, illustrated in Hayashi Minao and Higuchi Takayasu, Fugendō Sakamoto Gorō Chūgoku seidōki seishō [Ancient Chinese Bronzes in the Sakamoto Collection], Tokyo, 2002, cat. no. 297. For examples without the disc base, see a silver-inlaid bronze tiger-form weight illustrated in Chinesisches Gold und Silber. Die Sammling Pierre Uldry, Rietberg Museum, Zurich, 1994, cat. no. 86; and another exhibited in Ancient Chinese and Ordos Bronzes, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1990, cat. no. 115.

Junkunc: Arts of Ancient China II

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New York