A rare pair of lacquered bronze figures of kneeling boys,

17th century, Ming dynasty, China

Height: 17.2 cm, 6.7 inches

Superbly cast, each modeled kneeling on one knee with both arms raised and extended holding one large cymbal, lavishly attired in colorful full length robes, cinched at the waist, the round head with animated expression and smiling mouth open below the fleshy cheeks, the wide arching brows framing the slender eyes, and below the hair fastened into three evenly spaced buns of knotted hair, resting on a square waisted plinth decorated with cloisonné enamels with stylized florets and confronting dragons against a turquoise ground terminating in a shaped apron and ruyi bracket feet.

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