X-RARE Chinese Tang Dyn. Buddhist Reliquary Rock Crystal & Gilded Bronze Casket

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Seller: houghton-usa (1,591) 100%, Location: Sequim, Washington, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 254518595800 Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE REFERENCES: Gilded Dragons: Buried Treasures from China’s Golden Ages, Carol Michaelson, The British Museum, 1999, item # 119 on page 162. Ancient Buddhist Reliquaries in China and Korea, Chinese Archaeology, Vol. 10, pgs. 184-195, Yang Hong, 12/15/2014. NOTE: The original essay was published in Kaogu 考古 (Archaeology) 2009.1: 73–84 with 14 illustrations. It was authored and rewritten by Yang Hong 杨泓 and translated into English by Judy Chungwa Ho. The Great Bronze Age of China: An Exhibition from the People’s Republic of China, edited by Wen Fong, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1980. Shanghai Museum, Tang Dynasty Inlaid Gilt-Bronze British Museum, Tang Dynasty, Gilt-Bronze on display Museum of Chinese History, Beijing The Great Bronze Age of China, edited by Wen Fong, MET, 1980 Changhua Annals of the Republic of China (1911–1949) Color Symbolism in Buddhist Art, Kumar, Nitin. Exotic India Art. 1 Feb. 2002 Buddhist Reliquaries from Ancient India, Michael Willis, London: British Museum Press, 2000. THE RELIQUARY EFFECT: Enshrining the Sacred Object, Cynthia Hahn, Reaktion Books, 2016 Life in Purgatory: Buddhism Is Growing in China, But Remains in Legal Limbo, TIME, by Yang Siqi / Beijing March 16, 2016 British Museum, Jessica Rawson Smithsonian Museum, Sackler & Freer Gallery, WDC MET, New York ESTIMATED AUCTION VALUE & SAVINGS This amazing Crystal & Gilt-Bronze Buddhist Reliquary has an appraisal estimate of US $400,000--$500,000!! It will come with a Certificate of Authenticity (COA) from the president of ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS. This Crystal & Gilt-Bronze Buddhist Reliquary is an EXTREMELY RARE Chinese artifact. Similar examples rarely come to market and usually only found on display in the world’s finest museums. This is one of only about 20 reliquaries from the Tang Dynasty period that are known to have survived. In 1999, the British Museum, in cooperation with China’s Shaanix Lintong Museum, displayed a set of five such caskets that were excavated in 1987 from the crypt of Famen Temple, Fufeng county, Shaanix Province, China. Item # 119 shown in the museum catalog is a similar, but not as ornate as this example, two-piece crystal casket with an arc-shaped lid. {Ref. Gilded Dragons: Buried Treasures from China’s Golden Ages, Carol Michaelson, 1999, page 162.} For centuries, Buddhist works of art have adorned monasteries, temples, galleries, museums, and private collections around the world, monuments to Buddhism’s far-reaching impact and timeless teachings. In recent years, the value of Buddhist art has climbed significantly in the art market. Bid with confidence--as I have Positive Feedback from hundreds of satisfied customers from around the world! Please look carefully at the photos, taken indoors, since they are part of the description. The antique, 100-year-old Japanese gilt alter pictured is included as part of the auction as a FREE Gift! And please ask any questions before you buy. Thanks! Per e-Bay's rules, PayPal only please! SHIPPING & Insurance for all the 50 United States. International buyers are responsible for any tariffs or duties, and for all shipping and insurance fees. Sorry, but residents of Washington State must pay the appropriate Sales tax for the State of Washington. Thank You. Condition: Used, Condition: Chinese Rock Crystal & Gilt-Bronze Buddhist Reliquary Casket with Two Heavenly Attendants (Apsara) in Flight Among the Clouds. Excellent Museum Quality Condition--no cleaning, no repairs, & no restorations. All original with 49 red agates. Slight age appropriate oxidation of the bronze under the gilt scroll-work. Medium: Two-piece, Carved Rock Crystal and Gilt-Bronze Reliquary with 49 Inlaid Red Nanhong Agates. Approximate Size of Lid: 6.25” x 4” x 3” (16 cm x 10 cm x 7.5 cm). Dynasty: c. Tang (618—907). Weight: 2.59 lbs. (1.17 kg). Please see photos for details. Thank You!, Handmade: Yes, Modified Item: No, Country/Region of Manufacture: China

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