27 août 2017

Northern Chinese Bronze Belt Buckle with Gold and Silver Inlay, 3rd-2nd century B.C.E.

Northern Chinese Bronze Belt Buckle with Gold and Silver Inlay, 3rd-2nd century B.C.E. Bronze, gold, and silver, L. 14.5 cm. © Miho Museum. The major northern pastoral peoples contemporary with the Han empire were the Xiongnu, who by the end of the third century B.C. had formed a vast empire in the steppes beyond the Great Wall.1 These plaques represent one of the major types of belt ornament produced during the height of Xiongnu power. The two mirror-image plaques, number 110, together form one belt buckle. The... [Lire la suite]

26 août 2017

Late Classical Greek Bronze Rhyton with a Stag Protome, Late Classical, ca. 4th century B.C.E., Asia Minor-Black Sea Region

Late Classical Greek Bronze Rhyton with a Stag Protome, Late Classical, ca. 4th century B.C.E., Asia Minor-Black Sea Region. Bronze, H. 37 cm. © Miho Museum This rhyton is an example of a special type of vessel that was used by the Greeks for religious rituals. The word rhyton derives from the Greek verb "to pour through," which accurately describes what happens when liquid is added to the rhyton's flared mouth, since it immediately passes through the vessel and streams out through the open spout on the other end. This slender... [Lire la suite]
26 août 2017

Hellenistic Life-size Bronze Head of a Man, 3rd-2nd century B.C.E.

Hellenistic Life-size Bronze Head of a Man, 3rd-2nd century B.C.E. Bronze, H. 33.5 cm. © Miho Museum The Hellenistic period saw the expansion of the Greek cultural realm to Africa and Asia, and during this period there was an interest in portrait sculpture of the great figures and kings of the past. The people of this day were interested in the expression of the refinement and virtues of these individuals. This life-size male head has traces which indicate the attachment of a crown or head decoration, and thus we can consider it... [Lire la suite]
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26 août 2017

Late Classical-Early Hellenistic Greek Bronze Herakles Atop a Circular Base, 4th-3rd century B.C.E.

Late Classical-Early Hellenistic Greek Bronze Herakles Atop a Circular Base, 4th-3rd century B.C.E. Bronze with glass inlay, H. 20 cm. © Miho Museum This small statue shows Hercules with a lion-head skin draped from his head and the forepaws of the lion tied across his chest. The end of this lion skin drapes across his left arm and his right hand holds a club. These are typical attributes for Hercules, but here the gently detailed depiction of the fur, the balanced musculature without excess, the glass eyes, and the minutely... [Lire la suite]
26 août 2017

Roman Bronze Lion with Eyes Inlaid in Silver, 1st century B.C.E.-1st century C.E.

Roman Bronze Lion with Eyes Inlaid in Silver, 1st century B.C.E.-1st century C.E. Bronze and silver, W. 14.2 cm. © Miho Museum This bronze figure has a wildly disheveled mane and its legs arranged in a very life-like manner, creating a powerful, extremely realistic image of a lion. Here the lion is shown crouching low, as it targets its prey, emitting a low growl, walking slowly with head turned slightly to the right. The fangs and eyes created with silver inlay add a bit of low piercing light to his face. The Fuller... [Lire la suite]
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20 août 2017

Christie's announces Asian Art Week: A series of auctions, viewings, and events

Lot 907. The Ya Yi Fangding. A Highly Important and Rare Bronze Rectangular Ritual Food Vessel, late Shang Dynasty, Anyang, 13th-11th century BC, 11 in. (28.2 cm.) high. Estimate USD 2,000,000 - USD 3,000,000. © Christie’s Images Limited 2017.  NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s announces Asian Art Week, a series of auctions, viewings, and events, from September 8-15. This season presents seven distinct sales featuring over 800 lots spanning all epochs and categories of Asian Art from archaic bronzes... [Lire la suite]

06 août 2017

A rare bronze tuning key, qin zhen yao, Warring States Period, 3rd century BC 

Lot 1529. A rare bronze tuning key, qin zhen yao, Warring States Period, 3rd century BC, 2 5/8 in. (6.3 cm.) high. Estimate USD 12,000 - USD 18,000. Price realised USD 15,000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2012 Cast at the top with a seated mythical beast grasping in its front claws two snakes which encircle the faceted shaft, with allover milky green patina, wood stand. Provenance: Count Antoine Seilern (1901-1978) Collection, England.Wolfgang Burchard, London, prior to 1982.Christie's, London, 17... [Lire la suite]
06 août 2017

A finely cast bronze bell, bo zhong, Warring States Period, 5th century BC 

Lot 1528. A finely cast bronze bell, bo zhong, Warring States Period, 5th century BC, 9¼ in. (23.5 cm.) high. Estimate USD 125,000 - USD 150,000. Price realised USD 194,500 © Christie's Images Ltd 2012 Of lenticular form, each side with a plain central panel flanked by alternating rows of coiled serpent bosses and interlaced dragon scroll, all within raised borders, the dragon scroll repeated in a shaped configuration below and again on the flat top below the handle formed by two confronted... [Lire la suite]
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05 août 2017

A rare bronze ritual food vessel, yu, Late Shang Dynasty, 12th-11th Century BC 

Lot 1518. A rare bronze ritual food vessel, yu, Late Shang Dynasty, 12th-11th Century BC, 9½ in. (24 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 60,000 - USD 80,000. Price realised USD 326,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2012 With deep rounded sides flaring very slightly towards the flat everted rim, finely flat-cast with a band of three taotie masks with convex pupils flanked by pairs of addorsed birds with backward-turned heads and curled tails, all reserved on a leiwen ground, raised on a slightly... [Lire la suite]
05 août 2017

A bronze ritual tripod food vessel, liding, Late Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC 

Lot 1517. A bronze ritual tripod food vessel, liding, Late Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC, 7¾ in. (19.7 cm.) high. Estimate USD 200,000 - USD 300,000. Price realised USD 626,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2012 Raised on three columnar supports, the body lobed above each leg and cast in relief with three taotie masks centered on a flange and reserved on a leiwen ground, below a narrow band of cicadas also on a leiwen ground and arranged in threes confronted on... [Lire la suite]