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Lot 250


Estimated Value:

2.500 € - 3.500 €


3.114 € incl. Premium and VAT


China, Warring States period (475 - 221 BC)
H. 12,2-12,5 cm
Both pieces, which perhaps belong together, at least allegedly found together, show oval cross-section, which, however, (at least in the case of the Dun) may have been caused by the collapse of the tomb. The handle has a circumferential profiled band below the center, with two small holes below it, presumably for attachment to a shaft. In the upper part the cast clay core is still preserved. However, it is not clear whether the second piece could be the (as often indicated, rounded, consequently blunt) tip of a jewelry spear or the end piece of a scepter, perhaps also from the fitting of a hinge. Cast bronze, green patina and silver inlays.
Important Austrian private collection, acquired in the 1980s
Publ. Zeileis: 'From Shang to Qing - Three and a Half Millennia of Chinese Bronze', 1999, no. 128, p. 336.
Cf. Eskenazi, London, 'Inlaid Bronze and related Material from pre-Tang China', 1991, pl. 35 - Christie's New York 'The Harris Collection: Important Early Chinese Art'16.5.2017, lot 872. A similar bronze from the Palace Museum collection is published in 'Bronze Articles for Daily Use - The Complete Collection of Treasures in the Palace Museum', Hong Kong 2006, no. 184, p. 290, p. 112
Traces of age, wear