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Pair of Fine, Engraved Gilded-Silver Bracelets
China
Liao Dynasty, 10-12th century

diameter at widest point: 6.5cm, combined weight: 66g

Each of this beautiful pair of gilded silver bracelets is in 'C' shape with gently tapering ends that are sheafed in tightly wound gilded silver wire. The ends finish
with a spiral end through which there is a loop.

The outer surfaces of the bracelets are finely engraved with repeated peony flower motifs against a ring punched background. (The decorative device of
ring-punching to provide a background is a hallmark of Liao dynasty metalwork.)

The bracelets are in a fine, stable and wearable condition. Most of the gilding is intact.

References:
Shen, H.N. (ed.),
Gilded Splendor: Treasures of China's Liao Empire (907-1125), 5 Continents, 2006.

Provenance: private collection, UK

Inventory no.: 2496

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