• Lot 222

    CLOCHE EN BRONZE, ZHONG

    CHINE, DYNASTIE DES ZHOU OCCIDENTAUX (1100-771 AV. JC)

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    CLOCHE EN BRONZE, ZHONG
    CHINE, DYNASTIE DES ZHOU OCCIDENTAUX (1100-771 AV. JC)
    De forme rectangulaire et convexe, de section en amande, la partie inférieure incurvée, la partie supérieure plate surmontée d'une poignée cylindrique rehaussée d'un anneau et d'une petite anse, la partie inférieure de la panse ornée au centre de motifs de leiwen et d'un oiseau stylisé en intaglio sur l'une des faces, le reste du décor composé de trois rangées de trois boutons alternant avec deux motifs de volutes archaïques de part et d'autre d'un cartouche central vertical, socle ; traces d'oxydation
    Hauteur: 27 cm. (10 5/8 in.)


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    Bells of this type were made in graduated sizes to form a set of chime. Each bell when struck on two different locations at the mouth, emitted two different tones. Zhong bells were hung by a small loop on the shank in order for the bell to swing and fibrate freely. The eighteen bosses on each sides (mei) gave the notes distinctive qualities.
    Compare this bell to a similar example of a bigger size illustrated in the exhibition catalogue of Jessica Rawson and Emma Bunker, Ancient Chinese and Ordos Bronzes, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 12 October to 2 December 1990, The Oriental Ceramic Society of Hong Kong, 1990, fig. 50

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    Provenance

    From a French private collection
    Formerly bought from J. Barrère, Art d'Extrême Orient, Paris, April 1990.


    Post Lot Text

    A BRONZE BELL, ZHONG
    CHINA, WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY (1100-771 BC)