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    Sale 2268

    Fine Chinese Art from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    18 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 208

    A BRONZE RITUAL FOOD VESSEL, GUI

    SECOND HALF MIDDLE WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, 9TH CENTURY BC

    Price Realised  

    A BRONZE RITUAL FOOD VESSEL, GUI
    SECOND HALF MIDDLE WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, 9TH CENTURY BC
    The swelling body cast in relief on each side with a small taotie mask flanked by pairs of birds with backwards-turned heads and long tails and crests, above a bow-string band, with a pair of loop handles cast at the top with a horned mask, along the sides with intaglio scrolls and at the bottom with a pendent tab, raised on a spreading foot encircled by a band of overlapping scales representing feathers, with an allover pale milky-green patina
    11½ in. (29.2 cm.) across handles


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    Compare the gui with similar decorative band cast below the mouth rim and with similar handles, but with a different band around the foot illustrated by B. Karlgren, "Marginalia on Some Bronze Albums", BMFEA, No. 31, Stockholm, 1959, pl. 26 b.

    Provenance

    J.T. Tai & Co., New York, 1965.


    Literature

    R. Poor, Bronze Ritual Vessels of Ancient China, New York, 1968.
    J. Rawson, Western Zhou Ritual Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, vol. IIB, The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, 1990, pp. 434-7, no. 55.