A pair of bronze 'taotie mask' ring handles Six Dynasties period, 6th century | 六朝 六世紀 青銅鋪首銜環一對
Property from a European private collection
A pair of bronze 'taotie mask' ring handles
Six Dynasties period, 6th century
H. 24 cm, 9 1/2 in.
Collection particulière européenne
Paire de poignées en bronze en forme de masque de taotie, époque des Six dynasties, VIe siècle
六朝 六世紀 青銅鋪首銜環一對
The central upright foliate spray between the two eyes of one mask seems different in casting quality and may be a later replacement. Otherwise the two are generally in good condition with typical cuprite and malachite encrustations developing on the surface.
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Galerie 41, Monaco, 17th July 2007.