A GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF A FOREIGN MERCHANT, TANG DYNASTY
A GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF A FOREIGN MERCHANT
the figure standing with the proper right hand on the belt, the face set with arched brows, large almond eyes, and a closely cropped, finely delineated beard, outfitted in a belted robe with prominent lapels and side slits, the back of the belt with a large tab or pouch, raised on an integral rectangular base, modern stand, Japanese wood box (5)
Height 3⅓ in., 8.5 cm
In overall good condition with some malachite encrustation and expected wear to the surface and gilt, consistent with age.
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Collection of Arthur M. Sackler (1913-1987).
Christie's New York, 1st December 1994, lot 57.
亞瑟•M•賽克勒 (1913-1987) 收藏
Compare a closely related gilt-bronze figure once in the Bliss Washington, Minkenhof, and Hart Collections, respectively, included in the C.T. Loo & Co., Exhibition of Chinese Arts, New York, 1941, cat. no. 192; subsequently illustrated in Hugo Munsterberg, Sculpture of the Orient, New York, 1972, pl. 91; and in the exhibition Ancient Chinese bronze vessels, gilt bronzes and sculptures; two private collections, one formerly part of the Minkenhof collection, Eskenazi, London, 1977, cat. no. 18 where the figure is described as Western Asiatic, possibly modeled after a Tocharian or Khorezmian.