• Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works  auction at Christies

    Sale 2389

    Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    14 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 21

    A RARE BRONZE RITUAL GLOBULAR TRIPOD FOOD VESSEL AND COVER, DUI

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

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    A RARE BRONZE RITUAL GLOBULAR TRIPOD FOOD VESSEL AND COVER, DUI
    EASTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, LATE SPRING AND AUTUMN PERIOD, LATE 6TH CENTURY BC
    The hemispherical body raised on three ring supports with projecting hooked tab cast on the sides with tapering scrolls which are repeated on the cover, with a pair of faceted ring handles just below the rim, and cast in intaglio around the sides with four feline-like animals, with three similar animals cast on the cover between the rings and below a central medallion with whorl-motif center encircled by a 'ropetwist' border and eight heart-shaped spokes, with mottled light green and grey patina and areas of malachite green encrustation
    9¾ in. (24.8 cm.) across handles


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    An almost identical dui with copper inlay from the Brundage Collection, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, is illustrated by J. So, Eastern Zhou Ritual Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, 1995, p. 198, fig. 29.1.

    Provenance

    J.T. Tai & Co., New York, 1965.


    Literature

    R. Poor, Bronze Ritual Vessels of Ancient China, New York, 1968.
    J. So, Eastern Zhou Ritual Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, 1995, pp. 196-201, no. 29.