• 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 1014

    A BRONZE RITUAL WINE VESSEL, HU

    EARLY WARRING STATES PERIOD, 5TH-EARLY 4TH CENTURY BC

    Price Realised  

    A BRONZE RITUAL WINE VESSEL, HU
    EARLY WARRING STATES PERIOD, 5TH-EARLY 4TH CENTURY BC
    Of pear shape, with a bow-string band cast partially around the body either side of a faceted lug handle, with a hinged, five-section handle attached to two posts projecting from the neck, the cover with two small lugs suspending loose rings
    19 in. (48.5 cm.) high with handle


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    A similar plain hu with similar domed cover, but three-sectioned handle, excavated from Shandong Yangxin Chengguanzhen, dated to the 5th century BC, is illustrated by J. So, Eastern Zhou Ritual Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, 1995, p. 274, fig. 48.2.

    Provenance

    J.T. Tai & Co., New York, 1962.


    Literature

    R. Poor, Bronze Ritual Vessels of Ancient China, New York, 1968.
    D.H. Delbanco, Art from Ritual: Ancient Chinese Bronze Vessels from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, 1983, no. 50.
    J. So, Eastern Zhou Ritual Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, 1995, pp. 272-5, no. 48.