• 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 7

    A BRONZE RITUAL TRIPOD WINE VESSEL, JUE

    LATE SHANG DYNASTY, 12TH-11TH CENTURY BC

    Price Realised  

    A BRONZE RITUAL TRIPOD WINE VESSEL, JUE
    LATE SHANG DYNASTY, 12TH-11TH CENTURY BC
    Raised on three blade-shaped supports, the deep body flat-cast with a band comprising two taotie masks reserved on a leiwen ground, one mask divided by a single-character inscription cast beneath the C-shaped handle which is surmounted by a bovine mask, with a pair of posts with whorl-cast conical caps rising from the rim, the smooth mottled olive-green and blackish patina with areas of blue-green encrustation
    8 1/8 in. (20.6 cm.) high


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    The character cast beneath the handle is the cylical character xin.

    Provenance

    Acquired prior to 1978.


    Literature

    Luo Zhenyu, Zhen Song Tang ji gu yiwen, 1931, xubian 3.2a (inscription).
    Liu Tizi, Shan Zhai jijin lu, 1934.
    Liu Tizi, Xiaojinggi jinwen taben, 1935, 6.8.5.
    Wang Chen, Xu Yin wen cun, 1935, 2.5.5.
    Luo Zhenyu, Sandai jijin wen cun, 1937, 15.13.4.
    G. Kuwayama, ed., The Great Bronze Age of China, a symposium, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, p. 127, figs. 3-4.
    R.W. Bagley, Shang Ritual Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, 1987, pp. 198-9, no. 20.