October 13, 04:27 AM GMT
350,000 - 400,000 HKD
An inscribed gold and silver-inlaid bronze weight
漢 銅錯金銀熊虎鎮紙 《日利千金富》銘款
superbly cast portraying a bear and tiger fighting dynamically and forming a rounded outline, sumptuously inlaid in gold and silver with facial features and stripes, the base incised with a five-character inscription within a recessed cartouche translating to 'daily growth of a thousand pieces of gold'
Collection of George de Menasce (1890-1967).
Collection of J.M.A.J. Dawson.
Eskenazi Ltd, London, 1st July 1991.
George de Menasce（1890-1967年）收藏
J.M.A.J. Dawson 收藏
The George de Menasce Collection, Part II, Spink & Son Ltd., London, 1972, cat. no. 218.
Chinese Works of Art from the Collection of J M A J Dawson, Eskenazi Ltd, London, 1980, cat. no. 42.
《The George de Menasce Collection, Part II》， Spink & Son Ltd.，倫敦，1972年，編號218
《Chinese Works of Art from the Collection of J M A J Dawson》，埃斯卡納齊，倫敦，1980年，編號42
A closely related gold and silver-inlaid bronze weight, cast with a tiger and a boar, is in the collection of the British Museum, accession no. 1982,0402.1, where Jessica Rawson notes that the life and death struggle of the two animals is very different from the static, almost timeless, stance of creatures depicted on early bronzes and that animals in combat were favourite subjects in the Near East and among China's nomadic neighbours, such as the peoples whose lords were buried in the frozen tombs of Pazyryk in the Altai Mountains of south Siberia. It is probable that nomadic woodwork, textiles and bronze were known to the Chinese, who adapted similar scenes from them for the inlaid bronzes.