18 March 2009
A BRONZE RITUAL FOOD VESSEL, GUI
SECOND HALF MIDDLE WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, 9TH CENTURY BC
The swelling body cast in relief on each side with a small taotie mask flanked by pairs of birds with backwards-turned heads and long tails and crests, above a bow-string band, with a pair of loop handles cast at the top with a horned mask, along the sides with intaglio scrolls and at the bottom with a pendent tab, raised on a spreading foot encircled by a band of overlapping scales representing feathers, with an allover pale milky-green patina
11½ in. (29.2 cm.) across handles
J.T. Tai & Co., New York, 1965.
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R. Poor, Bronze Ritual Vessels of Ancient China, New York, 1968.
J. Rawson, Western Zhou Ritual Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, vol. IIB, The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, 1990, pp. 434-7, no. 55.
Compare the gui with similar decorative band cast below the mouth rim and with similar handles, but with a different band around the foot illustrated by B. Karlgren, "Marginalia on Some Bronze Albums", BMFEA, No. 31, Stockholm, 1959, pl. 26 b.
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