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    Sale 2027

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    17 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 363

    AN UNUSUAL BRONZE WATER VESSEL

    LATE WARRING STATES PERIOD, 3RD CENTURY BC

    Price Realised  

    AN UNUSUAL BRONZE WATER VESSEL
    LATE WARRING STATES PERIOD, 3RD CENTURY BC
    The plain, rounded ovoid body raised on four figural supports cast with winged humanoid bodies and beaked bird heads, with a pair of loop handles surmounted by a dragon head with open mouth and openwork horns, the interior fitted towards one end with an openwork divider or strainer cast and incised as pairs of stacked scrolling dragons
    9¼ in. (23.5 cm.) across handles


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    A bronze vessel of this shape with loop handles issuing from similar, but less elaborate animal masks with open mouths, dated late Spring and Autumn period, 6th-5th centuries BC, is illustrated in Catalogue of the Special Exhibition of Shang and Chou Dynasty Bronze Wine Vessels, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1989, p. 181, pl. 59.

    Provenance

    Acquired from a private collection in Japan in the 1930s.


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