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    Sale 2268

    Fine Chinese Art from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    18 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 214

    A BRONZE RITUAL WINE VESSEL WITH ATTACHED COVER, HU

    EARLY EASTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, SPRING AND AUTUMN PERIOD, 6TH CENTURY BC

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    A BRONZE RITUAL WINE VESSEL WITH ATTACHED COVER, HU
    EARLY EASTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, SPRING AND AUTUMN PERIOD, 6TH CENTURY BC
    The pear-shaped body with a double bow-string band cast mid-body which is interrupted by a ring handle, each of the ring handles on the neck attached to one end of a link chain that passes through a loose ring attached to a small loop terminating in the forequarters of an insect cast in low relief atop the slightly domed cover with fixed ring finial, the other ends of the chains attached to the ring terminals of an arched handle, the whole raised on a shallow inward-curved ring foot, with dark mottled patina and some green encrustation, with a later-added six-character inscription on the interior of the cover
    9¾ in. (24.8 cm. ) high


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    The six-character inscription, which is later than the vessel, may be read, "Precious vessel made for Zhong Ming Fu".
    Compare a similar hu from Shandong Linqu Xian, illustrated by Jenny So, Eastern Zhou Ritual Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, 1995, p. 271, fig. 47.1, which has a lengthy inscription bearing a date corresponding to the 6th century BC.

    Provenance

    J.T. Tai & Co., New York, prior to 1976.


    Literature

    Chen Mengjia, Haiwai Zhongguo tongqi tulu (Chinese Bronzes in Foreign Collections, First Series), Beijing, 1946, pl. 57.
    J. So, Eastern Zhou Ritual Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, 1995, pp. 268-71, no. 47.