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A BRONZE WINE VESSEL, HE WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY (CIRCA 1100-771 BC) The globular body resting on three tripod feet, cast below the waisted neck with a border containing taotie masks with wide vertical horns and wings against a body of squared 'C'-curls, the bovine mask-headed loop handle embellished with 'S'-curls and surmounted by a further loop, the slightly tapered spout with triangular lappets, the patina with green encrustation 9 3/8 in. (23.7 cm.) high, stand, box

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Acquired by the present owner in August 1967.

The interior with a pictogram denoting a clan's name.

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