Lot 67. A gilt-bronze chilong-form weight, Han dynasty (206 BC-220 AD). Diameter 2 3/4 in., 7 cm. Estimate 10,000 — 15,000 USD. Lot sold 25,000 USD. © Sotheby's
crisply cast in high, pierced relief of a coiled, winged mythological beast, its bifurcated tail flexed beneath the sinewy body, the horned, bearded head raised revealing its open jaws with teeth bared, supported on a low circular base, with some malachite encrustation.
Provenance: Sotheby's London, 11th December 1979, lot 49.
Note: A weight of identical design, possibly the present example, was included in 'An Exhibition of Gold and Silver in Early Chinese Art', W. Burchard, 1938, Catalogue no. 22.
Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art. New York, 19 march 2013