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Lot 44: Exquisite Tang Dynasty Gilt-silver Phoenix Ewer of First Tang Empress Wu Zrtian

Worldwide Scholars' Collection of Chinese Antique Treasure Porcelain, Jade and Bronze

by Hong Kong Washington Company

October 29, 2016

Kowloon, Hong Kong

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  • Exquisite Tang Dynasty Gilt-silver Phoenix Ewer of First Tang Empress Wu Zrtian
  • Exquisite Tang Dynasty Gilt-silver Phoenix Ewer of First Tang Empress Wu Zrtian
  • Exquisite Tang Dynasty Gilt-silver Phoenix Ewer of First Tang Empress Wu Zrtian
  • Exquisite Tang Dynasty Gilt-silver Phoenix Ewer of First Tang Empress Wu Zrtian
  • Exquisite Tang Dynasty Gilt-silver Phoenix Ewer of First Tang Empress Wu Zrtian
  • Exquisite Tang Dynasty Gilt-silver Phoenix Ewer of First Tang Empress Wu Zrtian
  • Exquisite Tang Dynasty Gilt-silver Phoenix Ewer of First Tang Empress Wu Zrtian
   
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Description: This is a very exquisite gilt-silver wine ewer of Tang Dynasty (618-907). It is believed that the first female ruler Wu Zetian (武則天) of early Tang Dynasty made this silver wine ewer in the shape of a phoenix with a dragon handle.The dragon represents the Emperor and phoenix represents Empress. In this silver container, the front is a phoenix and the rear is a dragon meaning the Empress is the ruler. This wine ewer was of special importance in that period signifying Wu Zetian was the most powerful Empress.

Condition Report: Silver oxidation on surface

Dimensions: L 6 in., H 5 3/4 in.

Date: 618-907

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