• 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 1009

    A LARGE BRONZE RITUAL EWER, YI

    LATE WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, 8TH CENTURY BC

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A LARGE BRONZE RITUAL EWER, YI
    LATE WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, 8TH CENTURY BC
    The broad body raised on three legs, cast in intaglio below the rim with a band of scales above a chevron band, with further scales on the sides of the ear-shaped handle that terminates in a horned animal head biting the rim
    15 in. (38.1 cm.) long


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    Provenance

    Acquired in 1966 or earlier.


    Literature

    Tch'ou To-i, Bronzes Antiques de la Chine Appartenant, C.T. Loo & Cie, Paris and Brussels, 1924, p. 17.
    Jung Keng, Yenching Journal of Chinese Studies, Monograph Series No. 17, The Bronzes of Shang and Chou, vol. II, Beijing, China, 1941, pl. 453, no. 860.
    R. Poor, Bronze Ritual Vessels of Ancient China, New York, 1968.
    J. Rawson, Western Zhou Ritual Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, vol. IIB, The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, 1990, pp. 712-5, no. 120.