14 September 2009,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 16,250
Estimate USD 10,000 - USD 15,000
AN UNUSUAL SMALL BRONZE RITUAL WINE VESSEL AND COVER, HU
SHANG DYNASTY, 13TH CENTURY BC
Of pear shape and circular section, the neck encircled by a slightly raised band flat cast with two taotie masks on a leiwen ground, divided by narrow flanges and separated by a pair of small lug handles, raised on a pedestal foot encircled by a band of spiralled scrolls repeated in a narrower band at the rim of the conical cover below the conical finial cast with whorl motifs, with mottled pale green encrustation, the decoration with traces of black inlay
6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm.) high
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Sotheby's, London, 14 March 1972, lot 7.
R.W. Bagley, Shang Ritual Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, 1987, pp. 348-50, no. 60.
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