A rare large silvered-bronze square 'lion and grapevine' mirror, Tang Dynasty, 7th-8th Century

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Lot 158. A rare large silvered-bronze square 'lion and grapevine' mirror, Tang Dynasty, 7th-8th Century; 5 7/8in (17.8cm) across. Sold for US$ 20,312 (€ 17,304)© Bonhams 2001-2021

Cast in relief in one side with a large central pierced lion knop surrounded by smaller lions amidst grapevines within a circular roundel surrounded by further scrolling grapevine with four birds at the corners, all within a chamfered classic scroll border, the reverse plain.

NoteFor a related square mirror of lion and grapevine motif, see Bronze Mirrors of Ancient China. The Donald H. Graham Jr. Collection. Honolulu, 1994, catalogue 76, pp. 212-213. Another square mirror with the same subject but differently placed, see Sotheby's, New York, 20 March 2007, lot 540.

Bonhams. Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art and Paintings, New York, 20 Sep