A Pair of Golden Bowls

5 years ago

Lot No. :ZG-L-323
Centuries of Style: Tang dynasty (1*) (618–907)
Feature:A pair of Bowls. Gold (2*)
Pattern:Phoenix and flowers
Source:Private collection
1* The Tang dynasty is generally regarded as a high point in Chinese civilization, and a golden age of cosmopolitan culture. Its territory, acquired through the military campaigns of its early rulers, rivaled that of the Han dynasty. There were many notable innovations during the Tang Buddhism became a major influence in Chinese culture, Although the dynasty and central government were in decline by the 9th century, art and culture continued to flourish.
2* Gold in ancient China was a symbol of identity and status, and was mainly used by royalty and nobility as auspicious blessings and exquisite ornamentations, which were ‘in style’. China began to exploit gold as early as the Shang Dynasty. The Warring States Period saw maturation of the gilting technique, and during the Han Dynasty, the techniques for molten gold were mastered to transform them into beads and threads. The Ming and Qing imperial rulers set up gold and silver vessel production workshops, focusing on the delicate filaments and gem embedding, advancing fine gold skills in the "filigree mosaic" to the extreme.


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