A rare northern Xingyao relief-moulded ‘smiling mask’ bowl, Northern Dynasties-Sui Dynasty. Estimate HK$ 120,000 – 200,000 (€12,000 – 20,000). Photo Bonhams.
The shallow bowl decorated at the centre of the interior in relief, with a front-facing face, moustache and beard, covered overall in a pale greenish-white glaze. 11.8cm diam.
Notes: The front-facing human head of a Central Asian man is an unusual decoration in Chinese art which is mostly seen on Northern Qi Dynasty ceramics. Compare the face decorating a Northern Qi green-glazed vase in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, illustrated in the published research monograph by Suzanne G. Valenstein, Cultural Convergence in the Northern Qi Period: A Flamboyant Chinese Ceramic Container, New York, 2007, p.100, fig.16.
Bonhams. THE FENG WEN TANG COLLECTION OF EARLY CHINESE CERAMICS, 9 Oct 2014 10:00 HKT. HONG KONG, ADMIRALTY