October 29, 2016, 7:00 PM PST
Kowloon, Hong KongLive Auction
Lot 44: Exquisite Tang Dynasty Gilt-silver Phoenix Ewer of First Tang Empress Wu Zrtian(35 views)
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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.