Lot 2911. A large bronze 'Shan' mirror, Late Warring States period, 4th-3rd century BC; 9 ½ in. (24.2 cm.) diam. Estimate HKD 800,000 - HKD 1,500,000. Price realised HKD 875,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2018.
The mirror is crisply cast with a ribbed loop surrounded by a circular border and five feathers enclosed within the five-pointed star created by the connected inner edges of the five shan, ‘mountain’, characters, all reserved on a ground of feather pattern, with thin upward-curved rim. The bronze has a silvery grey patina with some malachite and azurite encrustations, box.
Provenance: Galaxie Art & Gift Company, Hong Kong, 28 November 1993
Note: Compare a very similar mirror illustrated in Ancient Bronze Mirrors in the Shanghai Museum, Shanghai, 2005, pp. 78-9, no. 4; one illustrated in Ancient Bronze Mirrors in the National Museum of History, Taipei, 1996, p. 85; and another in the collection of T.Y. King, illustrated by B. Karlgren, “Huai and Han”, BMFEA 13, 1941, pl. 16 (C 44).