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    Sale 2268

    Fine Chinese Art from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    18 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 207

    AN UNUSUAL BRONZE RITUAL FOOD VESSEL, YU

    SHANG DYNASTY, 11TH CENTURY BC

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    AN UNUSUAL BRONZE RITUAL FOOD VESSEL, YU
    SHANG DYNASTY, 11TH CENTURY BC
    Raised on a tall pedestal foot spreading slightly to a vertical bottom rim and cast with three taotie masks centered on narrow flanges, the deep bowl cast around the sides with a band of boss-and-diamond pattern below a narrow band of pairs of elephants or elephant-like dragons confronted on three small animal masks cast in relief, with a mottled pale green patina overall
    9½ in. (24 cm.) across


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    This vessel has close parallels to several unearthed in Shaanxi province, which are illustrated by Robert Bagley, Shang Ritual Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, 1987, p. 511, figs. 100.1-100.3. All share the same body shape, similar foot and a broad main band of boss-and-diamond pattern. The upper decorative band on the Sackler yu, however, with its depiction of what appear to be elephants or dragons with elephant trunks, is very unusual.

    Provenance

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


    Literature

    R. Poor, Bronze Ritual Vessels of Ancient China, New York, 1968.
    R.W. Bagley, Shang Ritual Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, 1987, pp. 510-11, no. 100.