• 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 13

    A RARE INLAID BRONZE RITUAL TRIPOD FOOD VESSEL, LI

    EARLY EASTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, EARLY SPRING AND AUTUMN PERIOD, 8TH CENTURY BC

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    A RARE INLAID BRONZE RITUAL TRIPOD FOOD VESSEL, LI
    EARLY EASTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, EARLY SPRING AND AUTUMN PERIOD, 8TH CENTURY BC
    Raised on three tapering hollow legs that continue smoothly up into the shallow rounded body flat cast on the shoulder with a band of six dragons with S-shaped bodies, all with heads turned backwards, three in one direction, the other three in the opposite direction, the background of the decoration with black inlay, all below an everted rim cast in intaglio with a fourteen-character inscription, with smooth mottled olive-green and black patina
    6¼ in. (15.8 cm.) high


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    Jenny So, Eastern Zhou Bronze Ritual Vessels in the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, 1995, op. cit., p. 95, notes that according to the inscription, "the vessel was cast for a memeber of the Guo ruling family."

    Provenance

    J.T. Tai & Co., New York, 1959.


    Literature

    Hayashi Minao, Inshu jidai Seidoki no kenkyu (Inshu seidoki soran ichi), Tokyo, 1984, vol. 2, p. 69, no. 90 (rubbing of inscription).
    N. Barnard and Cheung Kwong-yue, Rubbings and Hand Copies of Bronze Inscriptions in Chinese, Japanese, European, American and Australasian Collections, Taipei, 1978, V:395.
    J. So, Eastern Zhou Bronze Ritual Vessels from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, 1995, pp. 94-7, no. 4.