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.
Note: For 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.