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A SMALL BRONZE RITUAL TRIPOD WINE VESSEL, JUE
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A SMALL BRONZE RITUAL TRIPOD WINE VESSEL, JUE

EARLY SHANG DYNASTY, ERLIGANG PERIOD, CIRCA 1600-1500 BC

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A SMALL BRONZE RITUAL TRIPOD WINE VESSEL, JUE
EARLY SHANG DYNASTY, ERLIGANG PERIOD, CIRCA 1600-1500 BC
Of lenticular section, the lower body has a rounded profile and a flat bottom raised on three slender blade-shaped supports that have a median ridge and curve slightly outwards at the ends. The mid-section is cast with three bow-string bands on one side and the other side is plain beneath the strap handle. A pair of tiny posts rises from the rim at the back of the long, tapering spout.
5¾ in. (14.5 cm.) high
Provenance
Senshutey, Tokyo, Japan, September 1998.
Exhibited
Senshutey, Tokyo, Japan, The Collection of Chinese Art: Special Exhibition 'Run through 10 years', Japan, 2006, pl. 19.

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The shape, decoration and construction of this jue are similar to another of Erligang date illustrated in Shang Ritual Bronzes in the National Palace Museum Collection, Taiwan, 1998, pp. 116-17, no. 1.

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