• 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 15

    TWO RARE BRONZE RITUAL LADLES

    WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, CIRCA 10TH-9TH CENTURY BC

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    TWO RARE BRONZE RITUAL LADLES
    WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, CIRCA 10TH-9TH CENTURY BC
    The smaller with arched handle, the broad flat end cast with a bird with long crest feathers that trail upwards, with a small bovine mask cast at the base of the cup-shaped bowl; the long arched handle of the larger ladle with median ridge and triangular tip, with a taotie mask at the other end which connects to the side of the deep bowl, both with some green encrustation
    6½ and 11½ in. (16.5 and 29.2 cm.) long (2)


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    Provenance

    Acquired prior to 1978.