19 - 20 September 2013
A BRONZE RITUAL WINE VESSEL, BIANHU
HAN DYNASTY, 2ND CENTURY BC-AD 2ND CENTURY
The flattened oval body is raised on a spreading rectangular foot, and the curve of the sides is accentuated by shallow recessed panels that flank the pair of loops applied to the narrow sides. The slightly domed cover has a deep inner rim and a loop in the center. There is mottled pale olive-brown and milky green encrustation.
11 in. (28 cm.) wide (2)
Warren E. Cox, New York, November 1966.
Arthur M. Sackler Collections, New York.
Else Sackler Collection, and thence by descent within the family.
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