15 September 2009
A BRONZE RITUAL FOOD VESSEL, YU
SHANG DYNASTY, 12TH-11TH CENTURY BC
The deep sides cast with a band of 'boss and diamond' pattern below a narrow band of six pairs of dragons shown in profile separated by three taotie masks cast in high relief, raised on a pedestal foot pierced with three oblong apertures above a band of further pairs of dragons separated by simplified masks centered by a narrow flange, with an inscription cast in the base, the mottled patina with malachite and ferrous encrustation
9½ in. (24.2 cm.) diam., Japanese wood box
Probably Yamanaka & Co., prior to World War II.
Collection of Mr. Tokio Ota, Kyoto, prior to 1960.
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Sueji Umehara, Nihon Shucho Shina Kodo Sei-kwa, vol. II, Yamanaka Shokai, Tokyo, 1959-1964, pl. LXLIII.
Minao Hayashi, Inshu Jidai Seidoki no kenkyu, Japan, 1984, p. 141, no. 40.
The pictograph includes the character Mu on the left.
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