Not one, but many generations of Chinese Dynasties’ finest bronzes may be represented here, looted from their graves by a government which despises their aristocratic nature apparently by the looks of things on Ebay. If these were illegitimate individual grave robbers- the wouldn’t be able to have these objects up for sale for this long and this publicly, yet these rare vessels are along side the finest of Tibetan and religious shrines… Who do you suppose wouldn’t like Tibetan, religious items and the emperors’ things enough to just dispose of them for cash without provenance instead of putting them in a museum for preservation?

When the Chinese Communists took over more than 50 years ago, part of their fervor, and ideology they followed was that they purposefully put down people that were formerly considered above others- like wealthy landowners, scholars, and aristocrats. Just goes to show that not much has changed- though they have finally figured out how to make lots of money from putting down others and cutting them down to size. For it is one of the greatest insults in the world to be looted like this and sold without even telling the story of which it came. Like an emperor who wears no clothes…

Ritual Funerary Vessels:

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The seller above is probably being honest in saying this is a “old Chinese Dynasty palace bronze silver Wine Pot Flagon”. This also may be one of the older pieces of this type of silverware that apparently spans thousands of years of dynasties even before there was a China.

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10″ Buy It Now page ($245.00) by buydigital2013

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The vase above is 12″ tall, while the one below is 30″, and has far more detail in the dragon handles. The one above also has black enamel, while the one below has no covering on the metal. There is evidence there were also complete sets of this gilded silver black enamel ware, though there were far fewer made, or the Chinese may have sold more of them earlier on. Some of these other pieces shown may have had enamel on them as well, but it is difficult to tell, especially since many are so corroded from time.

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The photos used to sell the huge gilded dragon vase above are not the same for the different sellers, but are taken on the exact same street in China. Also the names used to sell the items “China Dynasty Bronze Silver-Gilt Wild animal Beast Dragon Flask Pot Bottle Vase” and “30″ Chinese Royal Bronze Silver-Gilt Two Dragon beast Dynasty Pot Bottle Vase” are very similar.

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Not sure what is going on with the vessel above, but I believe it is upside down. Possibly yet another form of an incense burner with a built in chimney and mid section that conveniently opens up to place more incense in it?

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The stones or glass used to inlay this are typical of Tibet- blue, red and black are the most common colors for “turquoise” even today, and may actually be from there- Sichuan Province and Chengdu? But it is impossible to tell without more information from the looters themselves, which is not forthcoming.

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10″ Buy It Now page ($275.00) by buydigital2013

Perhaps these are chalices, and the lids are to keep the beasts out of the wine/food while the party is going on. It is interesting to note about the time of the domestication of dogs, these beasts show up on the sides of people’s food dishes.

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This is the only item with this type of silver gilding that I’ve seen with a formal mark on the bottom of the item, usually there are characters on them, but on the sides or top in plain view like seen on the neck of the vessel with a phoenix head below.

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Though these two lidded jars look very similar, the one below may have been enameled in black as well as silver gilded.

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Is it THE emperor’s tomb, the first emperor- Emperor Qin Shi Huang– which has already amazed the world with the life sized Terra-cotta army made for his grave? Or another Emperor? Or the Empress Wu Zetian? Way older than that?

Perhaps these are just court officials and gold was reserved for the Emperor? Is it one family’s tomb that spans several generations, or are there different families involved and several different sets of gilded bronzes robbed and sold? There are some objects that are in the same shops gilded with gold instead of silver, but I suspect they may have sold first, being very similarly priced to the silver gilding. An example of the gold:

I suppose if you have all that dishware and wine flagons, then you also need a table like this one also gilded in silver to feast upon in your afterlife.

Please see The Emperor’s Good Silver I for more silver gilded bronzes from China’s emperors and royal families throughout the ages.

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