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    Sale 1976

    Fine Chinese Ceramics And Works Of Art

    19 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 497

    AN UNUSUAL BRONZE RITUAL WINE VESSEL, ZUN

    SHANG DYNASTY, EARLY ANYANG PERIOD, 13TH CENTURY BC

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    AN UNUSUAL BRONZE RITUAL WINE VESSEL, ZUN
    SHANG DYNASTY, EARLY ANYANG PERIOD, 13TH CENTURY BC
    The slightly waisted body rising to a trumpet-shaped mouth, the lower and upper body encircled by dog-tooth bands with a narrow upper border of circles, the two bands separated by three bow-string bands and repeated on the spreading pedestal foot, with mottled greenish patina
    10½ in. (26.5 cm.) high, box


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    The unusual shape of this rare bronze zun is quite different from the more usual zun shape, where the top section flares out in a curved profile from a somewhat rounded mid-section which is raised on a slightly spreading foot. The shape of the present zun appears to be based more on a goblet form. The simplicity and casting of the decorative bands is also unusual. Another zun of this rare type excavated in 1980 at Luoshan, Mangzhang, Henan province, is illustrated in Zhongguo Qingtongqi Quanji - Shang, vol. 4, no. 4, Beijing, 1998, p. 125, no. 128. The decorative bands appear to be similarly cast. However, rather than bands of dogtooth pattern below a border of circles, the bands on the excavated zun have a leiwen pattern interrupted by slender flanges between narrow borders of circles. Also, the arrangement of the decorative and bow-string bands is somewhat different on the two vessels.

    Provenance

    Gisèle Cröes, 1985.


    Pre-Lot Text

    EARLY BRONZES
    PROPERTY FROM A EUROPEAN COLLECTION