Enquiry about object: 2496
Pair of Fine, Engraved Liao Gilded-Silver Bracelets
China Liao Dynasty, 10-12th century
diameter at widest point: 6.5cm, combined weight: 66g
private collection, UK
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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.
Shen, H.N. (ed.), Gilded Splendor: Treasures of China’s Liao Empire (907-1125), 5 Continents, 2006.