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Chinese Bronze Bookends

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China Anonymous, Chinese
Chinese Bronze Bookends, 19th c.
Enamel on Bronze
5 7/8 in. x 3 5/8 in. x 3 7/8 in. (14.92 cm x 9.21 cm x 9.84 cm)


Object Type: Cloisonné
Technique: Cloisonné
Creation Place: Asia, China
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Dorothy Adler Routh
Accession Number: 73.3.44


Marks
No marks.

Medium
Multicolored enamels on cast bronze.

Object Description
Pair of mirror image Chinese bronze bookends with Pu-Tai (a Buddhist divinity) dressed in a monk's robe and holding a P'an-Tao (eternal peach) and a small medicine bottle. The enamels coloring the monks’ robes and the base are applied using the champlevé technique, where cells are cut out of the metal body and the enamels filled into the sunken compartments. The bronze bookends are dark in color and appear to be products of the 19th century.

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