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Tiger-shaped token, fu, used to authenticate an imperial military order  Possibly excavated on Lincheng, Shandong Province  Qin dynasty, 221 � 206 BCE  Bronze inlaid with gold characters  length 8.9 cm

Tiger-shaped token, fu, used to authenticate an imperial military order Possibly excavated on Lincheng, Shandong Province Qin dynasty, 221 � 206 BCE Bronze inlaid with gold characters length 8.9 cm

Crouching Lion; ca 5th -3rd c BCE; Culture: Early or middle Roman Republican, probably Etruria; Medium: Bronze

Bronze crouching lion, early or middle Roman Republican, 500 - 300 B.

Bull-shaped Lamp of the Eastern Han Dynasty (25—220 AD).  Unearthed from Suining, Jiangsu Province.  Han Dynasty (202BC—220AC) was the golden age of Chinese ancient lamps, during which time the variety, quantity, quality and popularity of lamps all far exceeded the previous dynasties.      Bronze lamps, pottery lamps and imperial lamps played dominant roles among Chinese ancient lamps.

Bull-shaped Lamp of the Eastern Han Dynasty AD).

Archaic Owl-Shaped Bronze Covered Ritual Wine Vessel, Shang dynasty, 12th - 11th century BC, H. 21 cm

Archaic Owl-Shaped Bronze Covered Ritual Wine Vessel, Shang dynasty, - century BC, H.

Owl-Shaped Wine Vessel (Zun), Shang dynasty (1600–1050 BC), Anyang phase (1300–1050 BC). Bronze, 20.7 x 9.8 cm (8 1/8 x 3 7/8 in.), Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection, Gift of Mrs. William H. Moore, 1954

Owl-Shaped Wine Vessel (Zun) century B. Period: Shang dynasty B.E) Anyang phase cent.

Wine container, zun, in rhinoceros shape, Western Han dynasty, 206 BCE-23 CE

Wine container, zun, in rhinoceros shape, Western Han dynasty, 206 CE

Gold cast bull  1st C. BCE south Bactria or Gandhara India.  Alexander the Great had led his army to the Indus River in 327 BC. A legacy of this brief invasion was the Greek kingdom of Bactria and the later Indo-Greek kingdoms in what are now Afghanistan and Pakistan. Hellenistic and Roman influences, brought by trading contacts, remained strong in these regions for several centuries, and local artists continued to interpret classical themes and styles.

Gold cast bull 1st C. BCE south Bactria or Gandhara India. Alexander the Great had led his army to the Indus River in 327 BC. A legacy of this brief invasion was the Greek kingdom of Bactria and the later Indo-Greek kingdoms in what are now Afghanistan and Pakistan. Hellenistic and Roman influences, brought by trading contacts, remained strong in these regions for several centuries, and local artists continued to interpret classical themes and styles.

A bronze taotie mask fitting, Early Western Zhou Dynasty. Estimate 30.000-50.000 €. hoto: Sotheby’s / Art Digital Studio.15 octobre 2015 /David David-Weill (1871-1952) est issu d’une célèbre famille de banquiers. Sa famille rentre en France en 1884 profitant du voyage pour visiter tous les grands musées européens. Voyage initiatique pour l’adolescent David David-Weill, qui se découvrit une passion dévorante pour l’art. Eclectique, il collectionnera toute sa vie les tableaux anciens, la…

A bronze taotie mask fitting, Early Western Zhou Dynasty. hoto: Sotheby’s / Art Digital Studio.

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