Lot 4

An extremely rare, early, Chinese money-shaking tree, known as yao qian shu, Eastern Han Dynasty, 25 to 220 A.D.

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Greenish patinated bronze, intricately worked in places, and glazed ceramic. A rider on a ram adorns the conical base with green lead glaze. The trunk is composed of solar rings with finely flamed coronae, each encircling a small bear. The trunk extending into four rows of delicate branches with animals, mythical creatures and coins, the tip similarly structured. Although the coins in the branches gave rise to the name of the "money-shaking tree", their primary purpose is not to ensure the prosperity of the dead in the afterlife, but to serve as an offering to the gods. Taoist mythology is represented in these trees by Xiwangmu, the Queen Mother of the West in her paradise.
Money-shaking trees are extremely rare and known to derive only from South West China.
A thermoluminescence expertise prepared by the Kotalla laboratory in 2000 confirms the date. Height approx. 135 cm.
Provenance: From a German collection, said to go back to E.A. Voretzsch, who published his theories on bronzes in 1924, heavily disputed. See "Orientations", September 1997, pp. 67-84 for an in-depth discussion of these money trees.
Condition: III
Condition Report:
Damage due to age, partially restored. Original patina. Questions about the lot?

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The auction includes 246 lots and starts on Friday, September 25, 2020 at 4 pm (CET). The pre-sale viewing will take place from September 19 - 24, 2020 from 10 am to 6 pm (CET).