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Two gilt-bronze 'dragon' supports, Eastern Han or later | 東漢或以後 鎏金銅坐龍承足兩件

Two gilt-bronze 'dragon' supports, Eastern Han or later | 東漢或以後 鎏金銅坐龍承足兩件

Two gilt-bronze 'dragon' supports, Eastern Han or later | 東漢或以後 鎏金銅坐龍承足兩件

Two gilt-bronze 'dragon' supports,

Eastern Han or later

東漢或以後 鎏金銅坐龍承足兩件


each dragon depicted half-kneeling with the tail wrapped up in front, its head turned to the left, modelled with a single horn and large circular eyes below long bushy brows, the body detailed with groups of small circles and striations, its right arm held upwards and the upper half of its back cut away, suggesting its function as a support for a vessel


h. 4.6 cm

The supports are in good overall condition, with typical minor surface wear and tiny dents. One of the supports with an old small loss to the tenon on the reverse. Conservation report available upon request.


整體品相良好,表面輕微磨痕、細小凹痕屬典型。其一,背面榫槽有一細小舊缺。保存報告備索。


"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

Eskenazi Ltd, London, 6th February 1989.


埃斯卡納齊,倫敦,1989年2月6日

Jessica Rawson and Emma C. Bunker, Ancient Chinese and Ordos Bronzes, Hong Kong, 1990, cat. no. 118.


羅森及愛瑪.賓格,《青銅聚英:中國古代與鄂爾多斯青銅器》,香港,1990年,編號118

Ancient Chinese and Ordos Bronzes, Oriental Ceramic Society of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1990.

British Museum, London, on loan, 1992-2015.


《青銅聚英:中國古代與鄂爾多斯青銅器》,香港東方陶瓷學會,香港藝術館,香港,1990年

大英博物館,倫敦,借展,1992-2015年

Animal-form supports of this type were made as legs for vessels such as lianzun or pan; for example, a Han dynasty gilt-bronze lian with crouching bear feet in the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, accession no. S1987.341a-b.


An identical example, also naturalistically modelled as a kneeling dragon, is included in the exhibition catalogue Oriental Works of Art. Shogado 70 years, Kyoto, 1989, p. 38 bottom. For other gilt-bronze animal-form supports, see a 'bear' example in the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Harvard Art Museums, accession no. 1943.53.92; and two sets of four bird-shaped vessel legs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, accession nos 49.137.1-8, presumably made to support lacquerware which perished with time.