• Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works  auction at Christies

    Sale 2196

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

    15 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 294

    A BRONZE RITUAL WINE VESSEL, GU

    SHANG DYNASTY, 13TH-12TH CENTURY BC

    Price Realised  

    A BRONZE RITUAL WINE VESSEL, GU
    SHANG DYNASTY, 13TH-12TH CENTURY BC
    The trumpet-shaped neck cast with four scroll-filled blades rising from a narrow band of cicadas, the middle section with two taotie masks and the spreading foot also with two taotie masks below a band of confronted birds, the masks divided and separated by narrow notched flanges, with an inscription on the interior of the foot, with mottled pale green patina and areas of malachite green encrustation
    11¼ in. (28.5 cm.) high, Japanese wood box, wood stand


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    The inscription reads Shih, a clan name of the Shang dynasty. The same inscription also appears on a ding dated to the late Shang dynasty, illustrated in A Catalogue of Shang Dynasty Bronze Inscriptions - Ancient Chinese Script From the 1st Millenium B.C., National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1995, pp. 48-9.

    Provenance

    Acquired in Japan prior to World War II.


    Pre-Lot Text

    AFTERNOON SESSION (LOTS 294-467)
    2 P.M. PRECISELY

    VARIOUS PROPERTIES