• Fine Chinese Ceramics and Work auction at Christies

    Sale 2405

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

    25 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1005

    A BRONZE RITUAL TRIPOD WINE VESSEL, JUE

    SHANG DYNASTY, 12TH-11TH CENTURY BC

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    Estimate

    A BRONZE RITUAL TRIPOD WINE VESSEL, JUE
    SHANG DYNASTY, 12TH-11TH CENTURY BC
    Cast in intaglio around the sides with a band of two taotie masks interrupted by a single graph cast beneath the handle, the pair of posts rising from the rim with hooked scrolls on the conical caps
    7 1/8 in. (18 cm.) high


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    The single graph may be interpreted as xian.

    Provenance

    Acquired prior to 1977.


    Literature

    R. Poor, Bronze Ritual Vessels of Ancient China, New York, 1968.
    N. Barnard and Cheung Kwong-yue, Rubbings and Hand Copies of Bronze Inscriptions in Chinese, Japanese, European, American and Australasian Collections, 1978, no. 1249 (inscription only).
    R.W. Bagley, Shang Ritual Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, 1987, pp. 200-1, no. 21.