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    Sale 1976

    Fine Chinese Ceramics And Works Of Art

    19 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 488

    AN ARCHAIC BRONZE TRIPOD LOBED VESSEL, LIDING

    SHANG DYNASTY, LATE ANYANG PERIOD, 12TH-11TH CENTURY BC

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    AN ARCHAIC BRONZE TRIPOD LOBED VESSEL, LIDING
    SHANG DYNASTY, LATE ANYANG PERIOD, 12TH-11TH CENTURY BC
    Raised on three columnar legs cast with scroll-filled blades, the tri-lobed body flat-cast with three taotie masks centered on narrow flanges flanked by rounded eyes, below a band of cicadas arranged in confronting pairs on each side, all reserved on leiwen grounds, with a pair of upright loop handles rising from the rim and with a pictograph cast on the interior, with mottled pale grey-green and pale milky green patina
    8½ in. (21.5 cm.) high, box


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    The pictograph cast in the interior is a clan sign.

    A ding dating to the 12th-11th century BC with a similarly cast band of cicadas and taotie masks, though without decoration on the legs, is illustrated by R. Bagley, Shang Ritual Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, Washington, DC and Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1987, pp. 480-81, no. 90. Compare, also, the liding in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, illustrated by M. Loehr in Ritual Vessels of Bronze Age China, The Asia Society, New York, 1968, pp. 68-9, no. 26. Loehr has classified the Victoria and Albert liding as Shang, Style IV, placing it earlier than this piece at 1300 BC. Another similar ding, also with cicada bands and a very similar depiction of the taotie mask, is illustrated by M. Hearn in Ancient Chinese Art: The Ernest Erickson Collection in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1987, p. 32, no. 6.

    Compare a very similar ding, also dated to the 12th-11th century BC, from the Falk Collection, sold in these rooms, 20 September 2001, lot 166.

    Provenance

    Joe Yuey, San Francisco, 1970s.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF MR. AND MRS. MALCOLM E. MCPHERSON


    Exhibited

    San Francisco, Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, Treasures of the Orient, Society for Asian Art, 1979, no. 8.