Lot 1258: Chinese Lidded Cosmetic Box
December 8, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: Tang Dynasty, 618-907 AD. A bronze domed box with four petalled rim, edges decorated with scrolling cloud motif, both halves decorated on the top with a standing winged deer, right leg bent and with flower to the mouth with two long ribbons falling to the ground; bird to the back of the deer, and scrolling cloud motifs; to the edge further cloud motifs. 61 grams, 65mm (2 1/2"). Property of a London collector; by inheritance from his grandfather; acquired during travels in the Far East in the 1920s. In Chinese mythology Wang Shu was the female driver of the moon and she is commonly depicted as a winged deer. The aerial journey, which was made like a royal procession with gods and spirits in attendance, seems to have been a regular feature of Chinese Shamanism. [No Reserve]
Condition Report: Fine condition.