• 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 1006

    A BRONZE RITUAL WINE VESSEL AND COVER, YOU

    SHANG DYNASTY, 11TH CENTURY BC

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    A BRONZE RITUAL WINE VESSEL AND COVER, YOU
    SHANG DYNASTY, 11TH CENTURY BC
    Of full pear shape raised on a pedestal foot cast with two bow-string bands, the shoulder flat-cast with a band of pairs of dragons reserved on a leiwen ground facing a small animal mask cast in relief on each side, the sides of the cover with upright scroll-filled blades and the top with a leiwen band incorporating two 'eyes' below a segmented knop, with rope-twist handle, the bottom of the interior cast with a two-character inscription
    11 in. (28 cm.) high with handle


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    The undeciphered graph cast on the interior of the vessel depicts a human figure in profile reaching towards a staff held by an isolated hand. In the entry for the present vessel in Shang Ritual Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, 1987, p. 397, Robert W. Bagley states that the "graph occurs in one oracle inscription, where it might be the name of a statelet".

    Provenance

    Sotheby's, London, 16 November 1971, lot 9.


    Literature

    B. Karlgren, "Some Characteristics of the Yin Art", BMFEA, vol. 34, 1962, pp. 1-24, pl. 71b.
    Hayashi Minao, "In Seishu kan no seido yoki no hennan", Toko gakuho 50, 1978, pp. 1-55, fig. you 1-4.
    R.W. Bagley, Shang Ritual Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, 1987, pp. 396-9, no. 70.