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  • Gilt Silver Bowl and Cover

    Tang: ceramics, metalwork and sculpture

    21 October - 6 November, 2021

    Eskenazi Limited is delighted to hold an exhibition entirely devoted to rare works of art including ceramics, sculpture and metalwork from the Tang Dynasty (618 to 907 AD), often called the golden age of Chinese culture. This is only the second time that Eskenazi has held an exhibition covering a wide range of material, solely dedicated to the Tang Dynasty. The first was in 1987. Notable highlights of this 2021 exhibition include a magnificent and monumental dry lacquer head of a bodhisattva, one of only three known surviving examples of this kind and a rare sancai-glazed zodiac animal figure with a human body and an equine head

    Gilt Silver Bowl and Cover

    Tang dynasty, late 8th - early 9th century

    This is one of a very small group of around fifteen or sixteen closely related bowls and covers, most of which are now in museum collections around the world. Many of these bowls are believed to have been discovered in Balin, near Mongolia at the beginning of the twentieth century. This bowl was formerly in the collection of the well-known Swedish collector, Martin Månsson (1880-1952). He apparently acquired it directly from Swedish collector and engineer, Orvar Karlbeck (1879-1967). Karlbeck worked in China as a railroad engineer and in the 1920s was commissioned by the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities to collect objects for them. He founded the Karlbeck Syndicate, a group of collectors, dealers and museums – who provided financial backing and for whom he made several collecting trips. The objects, including this magnificent bowl, were recorded in two volumes of Karlbeck-Konsortiet

    Diameter of bowl: 24.3cm Diameter of cover: 24.9cm Weight: 1246g