Pair Chinese Western Han Dynasty Gilded Bronze Taotie Mask Handles
These two small gilded bronze handles were made during the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC - AD 8) or possibly a little earlier. They are in the form of taotie masks and each has two very small holes showing they would originally have been attached to lacquered or wooden vessels. One handle is much more detailed than the other (please look at our close-up images, bearing in mind that these images are magnified). They are complete with bronze rings. There is loss and wear to the gilding, although some of it is hidden beneath the malachite (green) corrosion. In places there are also small amounts of cuprite (brown) corrosion.
Length of each handle 4.5 cm.
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