Bronze Ladle, Viet Nam, Dong Son culture, ca. 2500 BCE. Estimated Price: $400 – $800. Photo Artemis Gallery.
Stunning bronze cast ladle, handle adorned with three pairs of scrolled circular motifs that wrap from front to back. As we make our way down the back of the handle to the cup-form, a larger spiraled circle is applied where handle and cup meet followed by a smaller one, and finally a tiny one on the underside of the base. An exquisite composition from this Bronze Age culture! Size: ~10″L (25.5 cm) .
Provenance: Ex-private D. Smith Collection, southern California, acquired before 1985.