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Covered box in the form of a six petalled flower with birds and floral scrolls
early 8th century


Mid-Tang dynasty

Hammered silver with repoussé, chased, and ring-punched decoration and mercury gilding
H: 3.0 W: 10.7 cm
Probably Xi’an, China

F1978.39a-b



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