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173g – AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE PAIR OF IMPERIAL GILT-BRONZE ‘DRAGON’ RITUAL BELLS, BIANZHONG
KANGXI CAST MARKS, CORRESPONDING TO 1715, AND OF THE PERIOD
The bells are finely cast, each suspended from a pair of dragons forming the handle, the two scaly bodies intertwined, each of the beasts powerfully modelled with its mouth open to reveal its tongue between sharp fangs, with two long studded horns extending back over its head along a finely incised mane, the large claws clutching the barrel-shaped body of the bell, the body exquisitely cast in high relief around the mid-section, with two further dragons striding amidst cloud scrolls and waves clutching a ‘flaming pearl’, divided on either side by rectangular panels, inscribed on one side with the characters Kangxi wushisi nian zhi, ‘Made in the 54th year of Kangxi reign’, and on the other side with the respective musical notes, jiazhong, denoting the 4th musical note and wuyi, the 11th musical note
12 1/4 in. (31 cm.) and 11 3/4 in. (29.8 cm.) high, wood stands, Japanese wood boxes (2)

THE IMPERIAL SALE, IMPORTANT CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART
27 May 2009, Hong Kong
http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/lot/an-exceptionally-rare-pair-of-imperial-gilt-bronze-5200605-details.aspx?from=searchresults&intObjectID=5200605&sid=93e18767-365a-401a-bdbd-da0c9f5f6643

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