• 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 2

    A SMALL BRONZE RITUAL TRIPOD FOOD VESSEL, LIDING

    LATE SHANG/EARLY WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, 12TH-11TH CENTURY BC

    Price Realised  

    A SMALL BRONZE RITUAL TRIPOD FOOD VESSEL, LIDING
    LATE SHANG/EARLY WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, 12TH-11TH CENTURY BC
    Raised on three somewhat triangular legs leading up into each deep lobe of the body which is cast above with a band comprising three taotie masks divided by narrow flanges and positioned between the three lobes, all below a flared rim surmounted by a pair of bail handles, cast below the rim on the interior with a five-character inscription, with silver patina and malachite green encrustation
    6 in. (15.1 cm.) high


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    The five-character inscription may be read, "X made this precious sacrificial vessel."

    Provenance

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


    Literature

    R. Poor, Bronze Ritual Vessels of Ancient China, New York, 1968.
    N. Barnard and Cheung Kwong-yue, Rubbings and Hand Copies of Bronze Inscriptions in Chinese, Japanese, European, American and Australasian Collections, Taipei, 1978, no. 747.
    J. Rawson, Western Zhou Ritual Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, vol. IIB, The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, 1990, pp. 310-11, no. 24.


    Exhibited

    The Arts of Ancient China, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1973-78.