Lot 119. An unusual miniature gilt-bronze bell, zhong, & a miniature bronze hexafoil mirror, Tang dynasty (618-907).Bell 3½ in. (8.9 cm.) high, stand; mirror 2 3/8 in. (6 cm.) across. Estimate $4,000 - USD 6,000. Price Realised $4,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011
Of elliptical section, one side cast in relief with a foliate motif in an upper panel above two flower heads in panels below, with a small suspension loop on top, the exterior and inner clapper gilded; together with a miniature bronze hexafoil mirror, Tang dynasty, of barbed outline and inlaid with a parcel-gilt silver sheet chased with two birds alternating with two lions amidst grapevine surrounding the central knob formed as a crouching animal, all within a slender raised border of conforming outline and reserved on a fine ring-punched ground.
Provenance: Both: J.T. Tai & Co., New York, prior to 1977.
Exhibited: Bell: Early Chinese Miniatures, China Institute in America, New York, 16 March - 29 May 1977, no. 184.
Note: A very similar miniature mirror of comparable size (5.7 cm. across) is illustrated in Mayuyama, Seventy Years, vol. 1, Tokyo, 1976, p. 52, no. 100.