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

LATE SHANG DYNASTY, 12TH-11TH CENTURY BC

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A RARE BRONZE RITUAL TRIPOD WINE VESSEL, JUE
LATE SHANG DYNASTY, 12TH-11TH CENTURY BC
The deep, U-shaped body is raised on three blade-like legs and is decorated with two pairs of kui dragons on a leiwen ground, one pair centered on a narrow flange, the other on an inscription, X Fu Xin (X Father Xin), cast beneath the curved handle surmounted by a buffalo head.
8 in. (20.2 cm.) high
Provenance
Stephen Junkunc, III (d.1978) Collection.

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It is very rare to find a Shang jue decorated with distinctly rendered kui dragons, such as those decorating the main band on the current jue. Typically, the kui dragons depicted on Shang jue have dissolved features, which allow them to more readily suggest taotie masks when two are shown confronted. Similar bottle-horn kui dragons can be seen on a  pair of larger (21.6 cm.) jue from the tomb of Lady Fu Hao, Anyang, Henan province, illustrated in Zhongguo Qingtongqi Quanji - 3 - Shang, Beijing, 1997, nos. 3 and 4.

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