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    Sale 2797

    Anton Philips, Entrepreneur & Connoisseur

    6 November 2007, Amsterdam

  • Lot 334

    An archaic bronze ceremonial wine vessel, Fou


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    An archaic bronze ceremonial wine vessel, Fou
    Eastern Zhou dynasty
    The squat globular body raised on a foot encircled by a single rope motif, cast in flat relief with four bands of conjoined oblong twist-rope panels enclosing an interlocking geometric pattern, the shoulders applied with S-shaped animal handles suspending loose rings, surmounted by a cylindrical neck with flat everted rim, green and olive brown patina, some old damage and restoration
    29.7 cm. high

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    A fou of very similar shape and with identical decoration, but without handles, is illustrated by J. So, Eastern Zhou Ritual Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, 1995, p. 217, nr. 34.
    Compare, also, the fou of this type on pp. 218-219, nr. 34.1 which has similar loose ring animal handles but has an additional row of panels and a keyfret-pattern band encircling the foot.
    J. So points out that vessels with 'twist-rope' panels can be found from the provinces Shanxi to Hebei. The example illustrated in J. So, ibid, nr. 34.1 resembles the present lot very closely and was excavated north of the Yellow River from Shanxi Changzhi Fenshuiling. It has been dated 6th Century B.C.

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    H.F.E. Visser, Asiatic Art in private Collections in Holland and Belgium, Amsterdam, 1948, pp. 35, 116-117, pl. 18, nr. 23.


    Amsterdam, 1938, Uit de schatkamers der Oudheid, no. 89.
    Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum, 3 July - 10 October 1954, Oosterse Schatten, 4000 Jaar Aziatische Kunst, p. 13, no. 20.