Lot 1256. Three bronze 'TLV' circular mirrors, Western Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 8); 5 1/8, 6¼ and 4 5/16 in. (13, 16 and 11 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 5,000 - USD 7,000. Price realised USD 17,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011.
Of various sizes, all with the central knob within a square, and the outer field with eight nipples arranged around the T, L and V motifs: on the first are various animals and birds cast in thread relief and an outer hatchured border; on the second there are also various animals and birds in thread relief encircled by an inscription and a hatchured border, below dogtooth and zigzag bands on the rim; the third has slender foliate scrolls, within a hatchured border and below a zigzag band on the rim.
Provenance: Acquired prior to 2000.
Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Part I and Part II Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, New York, 24 March 2011