17 - 18 September 2015
A BRONZE RITUAL FOOD VESSEL, GUI
LATE SHANG-EARLY WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, 12TH-11TH CENTURY BC
The S-curved body is raised on a flaring pedestal foot, and is encircled below the everted rim with ten circular bosses, which are interrupted by the pair of C-shaped handles surmounted by animal masks. An inscription cast in the interior reads Ji hou ya (yi) Fu Ji (Marquis Ji. Ya (yi). Father Ji). The patina is of a dark grey color with some malachite encrustation.
10 in. (15.4 cm.) wide across the handles, wood cover with a Ming dynasty jade finial
The K'ung Hsiang-Hsi (Kong Xiangxi, 1881-1967) Collection, New York, and thence by descent within the family.
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