A gilt-bronze circular mirror, Eastern Han dynasty (25-220)

Lot 1134. A gilt-bronze circular mirror, Eastern Han dynasty (25-220). Price Realised USD 7,500. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2013

The large knob is surrounded by four bixie separating seated deities within an outer band of semi-circles alternating with rectangles cast with characters below a canted dogtooth border and a pictorial band and narrow scroll border on the rim. Together with a silvery grey bronze circular mirror, Three Kingdoms period (220-265), the knob surrounded by three dragons cast in relief, two with cross-hatched bodies, the other an angular scroll body, which are encircled by a narrow inscription and hatchured borders below hatchured and zigzag bands on the rim; 5 7/8 and 4 5/16 in. (14.9 and 11 cm.) diam. (2)

ProvenanceRaymond A. Bidwell (1876-1954) Collection.
The Springfield Museums, Springfield, Massachusetts, accessioned in 1962.

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 21 - 22 March 2013, New York, Rockefeller Plaza