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An important and outstanding bronze male chimera, bixie, Han dynasty | 漢 青銅辟邪

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An important and outstanding bronze male chimera, bixie, Han dynasty | 漢 青銅辟邪

An important and outstanding bronze male chimera, bixie, Han dynasty | 漢 青銅辟邪

An important and outstanding bronze male chimera, bixie,

Han dynasty

漢 青銅辟邪


cast in a powerful striding stance, the right front leg stretched forward and the left hind leg extended, the thick paws slightly lifted off the ground exposing sharp claws, its head raised alertly and dominated by piercing eyes and furrowed brows, the ferocious horned beast portrayed with gaping jaws above a tuff of beard, the broad muscular body accentuated with elaborate scrollwork against a ground of swirls and hatching, flanked by feathery wings detailed with striations and terminating in a sinuous tail with feathery protrusions and tufts of fur, the back surmounted by a rectangular and a circular socket incised with concentric circles and triangles, the underside cast with male genitals


l. 27 cm, h. 18 cm

In overall excellent condition except for an old loss to the tip of its tail. Typical minor casting flaws original to manufacture, including a small hole to the back of its head and original patches below the body (one patch visible in the catalogue image). The surface with age-related wear and expected minor dents typical for archaic bronzes. X-rays are available upon request.


整體品相良好,唯尾巴末端見一舊傷。常見青銅器鑄造瑕疵,包括頭後一小鑄孔,後腿及腹部有鑄造老補(其中後腿處老補在圖錄圖片中可見)。器物表面見青銅器常見小磕碰及磨損。請聯絡部門提供X光片。


"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."


L. Wannieck, Paris, 1924 or earlier.

Collection of Baron Adolphe Stoclet (1871-1949), Brussels, 1934 or earlier.

Collection of Madame Raymonde Féron-Stoclet (1897-1963), Brussels, and thence by descent.

Eskenazi Ltd, London, 25th March 2003.


L. Wannieck,巴黎,1924年或以前

阿道夫.斯托克萊特男爵(1871-1949年)收藏,布魯塞爾,1934年或以前

Raymonde Féron-Stoclet 夫人(1897-1963年)收藏,布魯塞爾,此後家族傳承

埃斯卡納齊,倫敦,2003年3月25日

Michael Rostovtzeff, 'L'Art Chinoise de l'Epoque de Han', Revue des Arts Asiatiques, vol. 1, no. 3, Paris, October 1924, p. 11.

Georges Salles, Bronzes Chinois des Dynasties Tcheou, Ts'in and Han, Paris, 1934, cat. no. 417.

Osvald Sirén, 'Indian and Other Influences in Chinese Sculpture', Studies in Chinese Art and Some Indian Influences, London, 1938, pp. 15-36, pl. III, fig. 16.

Osvald Sirén, Kinas Konst under Tre Artusenden, vol. I: FranForhistorisk Ted Till Tiden Omkring 660 e. Kr., Stockholm, 1942, p. 272, fig. 190.

H.F.E. Visser, Asiatic Art in Private Collections of Holland and Belgium, Amsterdam, 1948, pl. 61, no. 148a.

Georges A. Salles and Daisy Lion-Goldschmidt, Collection Adolphe Stoclet, Brussels, 1956, pp. 390-91.

Chinese Works of Art from the Stoclet Collection, Eskenazi Ltd, New York, 2003, cat. no. 10 and back cover.

Giuseppe Eskenazi in collaboration with Hajni Elias, A Dealer’s Hand. The Chinese Art World Through the Eyes of Giuseppe Eskenazi, London, 2012; Chinese version, Shanghai, 2015, reprint, 2017, fig. 28.


Michael Rostovtzeff,〈L'Art Chinoise de l'Epoque de Han〉,《Revue des Arts Asiatiques》,卷1,第3期,巴黎,1924年10月,頁11

Georges Salles,《Bronzes Chinois des Dynasties Tcheou, Ts'in and Han》,巴黎,1934年,編號417

喜龍仁,〈Indian and Other Influences in Chinese Sculpture〉,《Studies in Chinese Art and Some Indian Influences》,倫敦,1938年,頁15-36,圖版3,圖16

喜龍仁,《Kinas Konst under Tre Artusenden》,卷I:Fran Forhistorisk Ted Till Tiden Omkring 660 e. Kr.,斯德哥爾摩,1942年,頁272,圖190

H.F.E. Visser,《Asiatic Art in Private Collections of Holland and Belgium》,阿姆斯特丹,1948年,圖版61,編號148a

Georges A. Salles 及 Daisy Lion-Goldschmidt,《Collection Adolphe Stoclet》,布魯塞爾,1956年,頁390-91

《Chinese Works of Art from the Stoclet Collection》,埃斯卡納齊,紐約,2003年,編號10及封底

埃斯卡納齊,薛好佩整理,《中國藝術品經眼錄:埃斯卡納齊的回憶》,倫敦,2012年,中譯版,上海,2015年,2017年再版,圖28

Bronzes Chinois des Dynasties Tcheou, Ts'in and Han, Musée de L'Orangerie, Paris, 1934.

Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio, on loan, 1980-93.

Chinese Works of Art from the Stoclet Collection, Eskenazi Ltd, New York, 2003.


《Bronzes Chinois des Dynasties Tcheou, Ts'in and Han》,橘園美術館,巴黎,1934年

克利夫蘭藝術博物館,俄亥俄州,借展,1980-93年

《Chinese Works of Art from the Stoclet Collection》,埃斯卡納齊,紐約,2003年