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Chinese Liao Dynasty Gilt Copper Alloy Phoenix

Lot 0071 Details

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East Asia, Northern China, Manchuria / Inner Mongolia, Liao Dynasty, ca. 916 to 1125 CE. Extremely rare, a stunning gilded copper alloy plaque, perhaps a headdress ornament, depicting a Phoenix, presented in composite profile with outspread wings, finely delineated plumage, the magnificent bird's head with a curved beak, a nicely delineated eye, as well as crest feathers and wonderful plumage. The mythical bird is surrounded by openwork of wonderful flourishes, and has an integral loop atop. Traditionally associated with the Empress, the phoenix is cherished for its symbolic and aesthetic value. This large reticulated gilt plaque boasts excellent detailing and ample remains of its original gilding. Quality of gilding: 41% gold. Size: 4" W x 3.75" H (10.2 cm x 9.5 cm); 6" H (15.2 cm) on included custom stand.

According to legend, the phoenix is the most beautiful of all birds, called the feng huang, and the etymology of the name is derived from "emperor". The phoenix will only appear in times of prosperity and peace, second only in the supernatural creatures of the Chinese pantheon to the dragon.

Provenance: private New Jersey, USA collection, purchased from Michael Fong gallery in Hong Kong between 1990 and 1992

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

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#161182
Condition
Some blue oxidation on edges, and some minor wear to gilding, else intact and excellent.
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Chinese Liao Dynasty Gilt Copper Alloy Phoenix

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$12,000
Dec 10, 2020
Starting Price
$6,000
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0071: Chinese Liao Dynasty Gilt Copper Alloy Phoenix

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$9,000
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$12,000
Starting Price
$6,000
All That Glitters | Ancient & Ethnographic
Thu, Dec 10, 2020 12:00 PM
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Lot 0071 Details

Description
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East Asia, Northern China, Manchuria / Inner Mongolia, Liao Dynasty, ca. 916 to 1125 CE. Extremely rare, a stunning gilded copper alloy plaque, perhaps a headdress ornament, depicting a Phoenix, presented in composite profile with outspread wings, finely delineated plumage, the magnificent bird's head with a curved beak, a nicely delineated eye, as well as crest feathers and wonderful plumage. The mythical bird is surrounded by openwork of wonderful flourishes, and has an integral loop atop. Traditionally associated with the Empress, the phoenix is cherished for its symbolic and aesthetic value. This large reticulated gilt plaque boasts excellent detailing and ample remains of its original gilding. Quality of gilding: 41% gold. Size: 4" W x 3.75" H (10.2 cm x 9.5 cm); 6" H (15.2 cm) on included custom stand.

According to legend, the phoenix is the most beautiful of all birds, called the feng huang, and the etymology of the name is derived from "emperor". The phoenix will only appear in times of prosperity and peace, second only in the supernatural creatures of the Chinese pantheon to the dragon.

Provenance: private New Jersey, USA collection, purchased from Michael Fong gallery in Hong Kong between 1990 and 1992

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience.

#161182
Condition
...
Some blue oxidation on edges, and some minor wear to gilding, else intact and excellent.

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