17 - 18 September 2015
A BRONZE RITUAL WINE TRIPOD VESSEL, JUE
LATE SHANG DYNASTY, 13TH-12TH CENTURY BC
The vessel is raised on three blade-form supports, and the sides are finely cast with two taotie masks formed by pairs of addorsed birds, one mask is centered by a narrow flange, the other by an inscription cast under the handle. A pair of capped posts decorated with whorls rises from the rim. The bronze has a reddish-brown 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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Rong Geng, Jinwen bian fulu, 1938, vol.1, p.1091, no. 253 (inscription only).
The inscription cast under the handle consists of a character, chun, set within a bow-shaped cartouche.
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