07 janvier 2019

A rare gilt-copper death mask & a silver death mask, Liao dynasty (907-1125)

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Lot 1217. A rare gilt-copper death mask & a silver death mask, Liao dynasty (907-1125); 8¾ in. (22.3 cm.) across, 8¾ in. (22.3 cm.) long. Estimate $4,000 - USD 6,000Price Realised $4,000© Christie's Images Ltd 2011

The thin copper sheet subtly formed as a man's broad face, chased with a mouth, nose and rounded cheeks, with incised lines indicating a beard, a mustache and brows, with a small narrow hole in the center of the eyes which are shown as long, curved incised lines, with tiny attachment holes just above the ears, the outer surface gilded; together with a silver death mask, Liao dynasty, the thin silver sheet chased with the facial features, and incised with lines indicating a goatee, mustache and brows, the projecting ears pierced with two holes, box, stand.

Provenance: Both: J.T. Tai & Co., New York, 1965.

Christie's. Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, 24 March 2011, New York, Rockefeller Plaza


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