• Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works  auction at Christies

    Sale 2389

    Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    14 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 6

    AN UNUSUAL SMALL BRONZE RITUAL WINE VESSEL AND COVER, HU

    SHANG DYNASTY, 13TH CENTURY BC

    Price Realised  

    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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    Provenance

    Sotheby's, London, 14 March 1972, lot 7.


    Literature

    R.W. Bagley, Shang Ritual Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, 1987, pp. 348-50, no. 60.