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    Sale 2268

    Fine Chinese Art from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    18 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 206

    A BRONZE CEREMONIAL WINE VESSEL, ZUN

    EARLY WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, 10TH CENTURY BC

    Price Realised  

    A BRONZE CEREMONIAL WINE VESSEL, ZUN
    EARLY WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, 10TH CENTURY BC
    The bulbous mid-section with two taotie masks with large oblong eyes cast in relief as are the prominent nostrils and rounded bosses incorporated into the inward-pointing horns, with similar bosses also incorporated into the sides of the jaws and the legs, all reserved on a leiwen ground between pairs of double bow-string borders, the base of the interior cast with a two-character inscription that may be read, 'Xiong Ding', with extensive green and some brownish encrustation allover
    8½ in. (21.5 cm.) high


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    Provenance

    Frank Caro, New York, 1964.


    Literature

    R. Poor, Bronze Ritual Vessels of Ancient China, New York, 1968.
    Chen Mengia, Yin Zhou qingtongqi fenlei tulu (In Shu seidoki bunrui zuroku; A Corpus of Chinese Bronzes in American Collections), Tokyo, 1977, R522.
    J. Barnard and Cheung Kwong-yue, Rubbings and Hand Copies of Bronze Inscriptions in Chinese, Japanese, European, American and Australasian Collections, Taipei, 1978, no. 1136.
    Sun Zhichu, Jinwen zhulu jian mu, Beijing, 1981, no. 4181.
    J. Rawson, Western Zhou Ritual Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, vol. IIB, The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, 1990, pp. 558-61, no. 83.