17 - 18 September 2015
A BRONZE RITUAL TRIPOD WINE VESSEL, JUE
LATE SHANG DYNASTY, 13TH-12TH CENTURY BC
The vessel is raised on three blade-shaped legs and is crisply cast in relief on the deep sides with two taotie masks reserved on a leiwen band, one separated by a flange, and the other by two characters, Fu Ji (Father Ji) cast under the handle. A pair of semi-circular posts surmounted by whorl-cast conical caps rises from the rim. The surface has a mottled green patina with some malachite encrustation.
7 7/8 in. (20 cm.) high
The K'ung Hsiang-Hsi (Kong Xiangxi, 1881-1967) Collection, New York, and thence by descent within the family.
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