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Lot 1258: Chinese Lidded Cosmetic Box

Antiquities: Day 3

by TimeLine Auctions

December 8, 2016

London, United Kingdom

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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.

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