15 janvier 2020

A dark amber-glazed ovoid ewer, Liao dynasty, 10th century

Lot 1483. A dark amber-glazed ovoid ewer, Liao dynasty, 10th century; 6 5/8 in. (17 cm.) high. Estimate USD 4,000 - USD 6,000. Price realised USD 6,875. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The body is decorated with two bands of applied pendent leaf-like appliques above three small medallions, and has a reel-shaped neck, and a grooved strap handle set opposite the conical spout. The vessel is covered with a transparent glaze of deep amber color that falls irregularly onto the slightly spreading... [Lire la suite]

25 novembre 2019

The Sphinx takes center stage at Penn Museum

© Penn Museum 2019 PHILADELPHIA, PA.- A 25,000-pound monument returned to the limelight, as the centerpiece of the new Sphinx Gallery at the Penn Museum.The colossal red granite Sphinx of Ramses II—history’s most well-known pharaoh who reigned in ancient Egypt for nearly 67 years and fathered more than 100 children—dates back to between 1293 and 1185 BCE. Excavated by the famous archaeologist W. M. Flinders Petrie and his team, it is the largest sphinx in the Western hemisphere and has served as one of the City of... [Lire la suite]
18 octobre 2019

A Gilt-Bronze Standing Figure of Shakyamuni, Liao Dynasty, 10th-12th Century

Lot 3022. A Gilt-Bronze Standing Figure of Shakyamuni, Liao Dynasty, 10th-12th Century. H 20.4cm. Estimate HKD 2,800,000 - 3,800,000 (USD 356,868 - 484,321). Sold price: HKD 3,304,000 (USD 421,105). © Poly Auction Hong Kong. Provenance: A European private collection. Poly Auction Hong Kong. Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, 7 October  2019
07 avril 2019

A Molded Green-Glazed Pottery Dish, Liao Dynasty, 10th-12th Century

Lot 3105. A Molded Green-Glazed Pottery Dish, Liao Dynasty, 10th-12th Century. D 14.6cm. Estimate HKD 80,000 - 120,000 (USD 10,190 - 15,284). Lot sold HKD 212,400 (USD 27,053). © Poly Auction Hong Kong Limited. Provenance: Sotheby's New York, 18 March 2017, lot.1360. Poly Auction Hong Kong. Imperial Curiosity – Art of Interior Decoration, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 2 april 2019   
28 août 2018

A rare and unusual sancai-glazed pottery 'Kalavinka' ewer, Liao dynasty, 10th-early 11th century

Lot 1281. A rare and unusual sancai-glazed pottery 'Kalavinka' ewer, Liao dynasty, 10th-early 11th century; 6 ½ in. (16.5 cm.) high. Estimate USD 15,000 - USD 25,000. Price realised USD 15,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2018 The small ewer is in the shape of a mythical being that has the head and forebody of a woman that continues into the body of a plump bird. A small spout is held between the hands and a funnel for filling the vessel rises from the back of the neck. The body is covered in green glaze with some amber... [Lire la suite]
28 août 2018

An amber-glazed pottery ewer, Liao dynasty, late 10th-11th century

Lot 1280. An amber-glazed pottery ewer, Liao dynasty, late 10th-11th century; 12 ½ in. (31.8 cm.) high. Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000. Price realised USD 81,250. © Christie's Images Ltd 2018 Two sides of the pear-shaped body are incised with a hare seated amidst plants, the two scenes separated by a tasseled rope strap applied below the spout on one side and the double-strap handle surmounted by a human head on the other side, all under a white slip and rich amber glaze that ends irregularly above the foot. ... [Lire la suite]

28 août 2018

A rare amber-brown-glazed bottle and cover, Liao dynasty, 10th century

Lot 1284. A rare amber-brown-glazed bottle and cover, Liao dynasty, 10th century; 10 ½ in. (26.7 cm.) high. Estimate USD 12,000 - USD 18,000. Unsold. © Christie's Images Ltd 2018 The compressed globular body has an upright mid-section bordered by raised edges, the upper edge with a 'beaded' band repeated on the shoulder and at the base of the neck and another encircling the neck. The amber-brown glaze has large areas of iridescence. The cover is similarly glazed all over. Provenance: J.J. Lally & Co., New York,... [Lire la suite]
15 août 2018

Bronze Funerary Mask, China, Liao dynasty, circa 918-1125 AD

Bronze Funerary Mask, China, Liao dynasty, circa 918-1125 AD, 8.75" (22.2cm) high, LA.512. (c) 2000-2018 by Barakat, Inc. The Liao Dynasty was founded by nomadic Qidan tribesmen, possibly an offspring of the 5th century Xianbei people, in 907 A.D. At its height, Liao territory comprised much of modern Manchuria, Mongolia and the northeastern corner of China. After the establishment of the Song Dynasty in 960 A.D., a border war between the two dynasties ensued. After a series of decisive victories, the Liao armies began to approach... [Lire la suite]
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15 août 2018

Funerary Mask, Liao dynasty, Late 10th - early 12th century, Silver

Funerary Mask, Liao dynasty, Late 10th - early 12th century, Silver, 8 3/4 × 8 3/8 inches (22.2 × 21.3 cm), Purchased with funds contributed by Marguerite and Gerry Lenfest, 2012 (2012-53-1). © 2018 Philadelphia Museum of Art This mask depicts the serene face of a male who was part of the Khitan tribe, a people who ruled north China over a thousand years ago, during the Liao dynasty (907–1125). Placing a metal mask on the face of the deceased was a unique tradition of the nomadic Khitan; they buried their high-ranking men and... [Lire la suite]
15 août 2018

Copper funerary mask, China, Liao dynasty, 10th–11th century

Copper funerary mask, China, Liao dynasty, 10th–11th century. Length: 9 3/4 inches, 25 cm. Width: 9 inches, 23 cm. © Ben Janssens Oriental Art A copper funerary mask representing a human face, worked in the repoussé technique with strong, naturalistically portrayed features and a serene expression. The half-shut eyes are set below pronounced, arched eyebrows that are engraved with finely hatched lines. The face has high cheekbones and a straight, broad nose set above a full-lipped mouth. Two prominent, well... [Lire la suite]
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