14 September 2009,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 74,500
Estimate USD 20,000 - USD 30,000
A BRONZE RITUAL TRIPOD FOOD VESSEL, LIDING
LATE SHANG DYNASTY, 12TH-11TH CENTURY BC
Raised on three columnar legs cast at the top with a taotie mask centered on a flange and positioned below the three lobes of the body which are cast in high relief with large taotie masks also centered on flanges, below a narrow band of three pairs of confronted dragons encircling the constricted neck, all reserved on leiwen grounds with remnants of black inlay, with a pair of bail handles rising from the everted rim, with mottled grey and milky green patina and areas of heavy encrustation on the interior
9 in. (23 cm.) high
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J.T. Tai & Co., New York, 1965.
R. Poor, Bronze Ritual Vessels of Ancient China, New York, 1968.
R.W. Bagley, Shang Ritual Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, 1987, pp. 482-3, no. 91.