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    Sale 2268

    Fine Chinese Art from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    18 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 231

    TWO BRONZE SOCKETED ADZE, BEN

    SHANG DYNASTY, CIRCA 1600-1100 BC

    Price Realised  

    TWO BRONZE SOCKETED ADZE, BEN
    SHANG DYNASTY, CIRCA 1600-1100 BC
    One of rectangular section, the other of trapezoidal section, and both hollow the entire length including the faceted blade which tapers to a solid curved cutting edge, each cast in thread relief with a broad taotie band within bow-string borders below a narrow taotie band at the opening, one with eyes cast in relief and with a partial mask on the narrow sides of the broad band, with dark grey patina and milky-green and azurite encrustation
    8 9/16 and 8 1/16 in. (21.9 and 20.5 cm.) long (2)


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    Other bronze adze of this type and date are illustrated by B. Karlgren, "Some Weapons and Tools of the Yin Dynasty", BMFEA, No. 17, Stockholm, 1945, pl., nos. 23-7.

    Provenance

    J.T. Tai & Co., New York, 1972.


    Literature

    R.W. Bagley, Shang Ritual Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, 1987, pp. 74-5, figs. 32 and 34.