Far East, Japan or China, Late 17th to early 18th century CE. Of tapering pear shape, raised on a tall foot (reminiscent of the archaic Hu form); has beautiful floral and scrolled design throughout border over white and turquoise backgrounds. Handle has figural fish head/water beast terminals where connects to jar. Chop mark on the base indicating the maker. 9"H (23cm) x 6-1/8"W (15.5cm). In near-choice condition with lovely patina on the exposed bronze elements.
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China, Han Dynasty, Ca 220 BCE to 200 CE. A very fine bronze mirror of square form decorated with floral pattern on one side, other still retains much of original silver finish, small loop to accept a cord so this could be worn about the neck. 4" L/W. Wear and deep green/blue patina ass shown, else near-choice
China, Ming Dynasty, Ca 1368–1644 CE. A very fine and beautiful bronze bowl decorated with three dragons prowling around the outer rim. Each dragon with long beard and tail, and very menacing looks upon their faces. Bowl impressed on the base indicating maker and period.
China, Warring States Period, Ca. 475 to 221 BCE, Ordos culture. Cast bronze attachment in the form of a striding feline, incised lines to indicate fur, long tail sitting upon its back, entire attachment covered in gilded gold. 5"L.
China, Shang Dynasty, Ca 1700 to 1000 BCE. Cast bronze lidded tripod "Ding" / ritual food bowl. Base on three animal-form legs and basically unadorned save central ridge, two support lugs to the sides. Lid is also unadorned with three suspension loops, else reserved. 5"H x 7"W to handles, lid shows repairs and probable restoration to underside and is quite thin and fragile; base is intact and generally excellent, each with multi-hued patina in red, brown, and green. ...click for details
Extremely rare! China, Zhou to Qin Dynasty, Ca 700 to 207 BCE. Bronze ladle - which on its own is wonderful but not necessarily unique. What makes this extraordinary, stamped in the center is a good-luck charm very similar in design and form to some of the earliest currency minted in China during this period - complete with squared hole in center like coins minted between 300 and 200 BCE. Another decorative element adorns where handle joins bowl. 12-3/4" long by 5-1/2" wide. Intact a ...click for details
From ancient China, Tang Dynasty, Ca 618 to 907 CE. Stunning bronze mirror, with much remains of silver on reflective side. "Barbed" rim, decoration consisting of floral designs around the outer edge, with two birds looking right, each with long tail feathers among more floral elements in the background, small loop in the center for suspension on a thin cord. 4-1/8" (10.2cm) D. Nearly invisible small crack at one edge else just about choice. Displays very well, and looks great ...click for details