14 September 2009,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 20,000
Estimate USD 8,000 - USD 12,000
A RARE BRONZE RITUAL WINE VESSEL, ZHI
EARLY WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, 11TH CENTURY BC
Of broad pear shape and oval section, cast in high relief on each side with a large taotie mask with ram's horns with projecting tips, flanked by two small dragons repeated in larger size above and confronted on a plain flange below a dogtooth band, with notched flanges on the narrow sides and further plain flanges on the pedestal foot between and separating pairs of dragons, with a six-character inscription enclosed within an elongated yaxing cast in the base of the interior, mottled pale green and grey patina
5 15/16 in. (15 cm.) high
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The first two characters of the inscription are pictorial graphs representing a name. The inscription also includes the characters Fu Yi (the person for whom the vessel was made) and the third character most likely reads zuo (made).
J.T. Tai & Co., New York, 1973.
J. Rawson, Western Zhou Ritual Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, vol. IIB, The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, 1990, pp. 622-3, no. 98.