• Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works  auction at Christies

    Sale 2389

    Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    14 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 4

    A BRONZE RITUAL TRIPOD FOOD VESSEL, LIDING

    LATE SHANG DYNASTY, 12TH-11TH CENTURY BC

    Price Realised  

    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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    Provenance

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


    Literature

    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.