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    Fine Chinese Art from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    18 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 216

    A BRONZE TRIPOD RITUAL FOOD VESSEL AND A COVER, GUI

    LATE WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, CIRCA 8TH CENTURY BC

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    A BRONZE TRIPOD RITUAL FOOD VESSEL AND A COVER, GUI
    LATE WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, CIRCA 8TH CENTURY BC
    The sides of the vessel horizontally grooved below a band of dissolved taotie centered on a simplified mask on two sides, the ring foot cast with a band of hooked diagonals and raised on three faceted legs surmounted by animal masks, with a pair of C-shaped handles cast in intaglio with scrolls issuing from tusked masks with scrolled snouts, the pendent tabs at the bottom also cast in intaglio with hooks, the matching cover with a short cylindrical handle above grooved bands and a band of inverted taotie masks, the vessel and cover cast with different lengthy dedicatory inscriptions, with mottled pale grey and green patina
    13¾ in. (35 cm.) across handles


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    According to Jessica Rawson in the entry for this gui and cover, Western Zhou Ritual Bronzes from the Sackler Collections, vol. IIB, The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, 1990, p. 439, the cover and vessel, although very similar and of a good fit, were not made as a unit, as the inscriptions are different. This can be seen in the illustrated rubbings of the inscriptions as well as the accompanying translations, p. 439.

    The result of Oxford thermoluminescence test no. 366L37 is consistent with the dating of this lot.

    Provenance

    C.T. Loo & Co., New York.
    Frank Caro, New York, 1964.


    Literature

    R. Poor, Bronze Ritual Vessels of Ancient China, New York, 1968.
    M. Hearn and Wen Fong, "The Arts of Ancient China", Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, vol. XXXII, no. 2, 1973-74, no. 26.
    Chen Mengjia, Yin Zhou qingtongqi fenlei tulu (In Shu seidoki bunrui zuroku: A Corpus of Chinese Bronzes in American Collections), Tokyo, 1977, A238, A239, R397a, R398b.
    Hayashi Minao, In Shu jidai seidoki no kenkyu, vol. 2, Tokyo, 1984, pl. 130, gui no. 385.
    J. Rawson, Western Zhou Ritual Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, vol. IIB, The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, 1990, pp. 438-45, no. 56.


    Exhibited

    An Exhibition of Chinese Ritual Bronzes, loaned by C.T. Loo & Co., Detroit Institute of Arts, 1940, no. 39.
    An Exhibition of Chinese Arts, C.T. Loo & Co., New York, 1 November 1941 - 30 April 1942, no. 9.
    The Arts of Ancient China, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1973-78.