• 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 1002

    A SMALL BRONZE RITUAL WINE JAR, POU

    SHANG DYNASTY, 13TH CENTURY BC

    Price Realised  

    A SMALL BRONZE RITUAL WINE JAR, POU
    SHANG DYNASTY, 13TH CENTURY BC
    Cast with a main band of alternating squares and diamonds filled with angular scrolls surrounding a boss cast in relief, the shoulder with a band of dragon scroll, all within borders of small circles, with a scroll band encircling the foot, the base cast with an inscription
    10½ in. (26.7 cm.) across


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    The inscription appears outside, cast on the bottom of the vessel, and depicts a small circle and crescent below two kneeling human figures, their backs turned on an unidentied object.

    Provenance

    J.T. Tai & Co., New York, acquired prior to 1977.


    Literature

    N. Barnard and Cheung Kwong-yue, Rubbings and Hand Copies of Bronze Inscriptions in Chinese, Japanese, European, American, and Australasian Collections, Taipei, 1978, no. 1309 (inscription only).
    R.W. Bagley, Shang Ritual Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, 1987, pp. 318-19, no. 52.