Early Chinese Metalwork




A gilded bronze belt buckle in the form of a restraint pony; a loop attached behind for belt or clothing ornament; Northwestern China, 3rd - 1st century BC. 2.13 inches (5.4 cm) long.




A group of bronze decorative plagues; two in the forms of stalking, menacing tigers (3.75 inches long); one of another crouching feline (2.63 inches long) and lastly one of a crouching deer (2.25 inches long); perforated in strategic places for attachments to leather and clothings; Northwestern China, 3rd - 1st century BC.




 Gilt bronze ibex-form buckle; Ordoz culture; China. 2 inches (5.1 cm) long.




A rare and fine crossbow trigger with combined geometric and curvilinear gilt design; accompanied by three-flanged arrowhead with bronze shaft post; Bronze; Warring States period (475-221 BC); China.




A fine silvered bronze mirror in eight-petalled floral form with inner circular reservoir in cast design of wild geese; Tang dynasty (618-907); China. 5.5 inches (14 cm) in diameter.





A pair of hairpins with inset plaques of carved amber, each with two mandarin ducks swimming in a lotus pond; Gilt silver; Song dynasty; China. 8 inches (20.3 cm) long.



Last updated 20/05/2004  Michelle Lin