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    Sale 1976

    Fine Chinese Ceramics And Works Of Art

    19 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 485

    A BRONZE TRIPOD RITUAL RITUAL WINE VESSEL, JUE

    SHANG DYNASTY, 11TH CENTURY BC

    Price Realised  

    A BRONZE TRIPOD RITUAL RITUAL WINE VESSEL, JUE
    SHANG DYNASTY, 11TH CENTURY BC
    Raised on three blade-form supports, the sides flat-cast with a band comprising two taotie masks with rounded rectangular eyes centered on and separated by notched flanges, below a band of blades, with two large scroll-filled blades rising up under the spout and the opposite end, the body cast with a two-character inscription beneath the curved handle which issues from a bovine mask, with mottled dark grey and pale green patina
    7 1/8 in. (18 cm.) high, box


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    The two-character inscription cast under the curved handle consists of the character zi (child) over the character tian (field).

    Compare a similar jue said to be from Anyang, illustrated by R.W. Bagley, Shang Ritual Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, Washington, DC and Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1987, p. 251, fig. 36.2. Closely related to the illustrated example is the treatment of the taotie mask elements. On both jue, the mask elements are left undecorated and are superimposed over the leiwen ground. Compare, also, another jue, dated to the 12th-11th century BC illustrated ibid., pp. 194-5, no. 18. A pair of related jue, with cast mask elements, from the Falk Collection, was sold in these rooms, 20 September 2001, lot 164.

    Provenance

    Acquired in the early 1990s.


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