Lot 44. A gilt-bronze parasol top, China or Korea, 2nd century BC. Height 5 in., 12.7 cm. Estimate 2,000 — 3,000 USD. Lot sold 2,500 USD. © Sotheby's.

slim hollowed tube, with a circular button-like top and a hook attached to its side, cast on top with a bear motif in high relief, Japanese wood box (4).

Provenance: Mayuyama & Co., Ltd., Tokyo, acquired between 1960-1969.

Note: This type of fitting is called gaigongmao in Chinese, for the parasol used on a horse-driven chariot. Similar objects are found both in China and Korea.

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art. New York, 19 march 2013