21 September 2000
SALE TO BENEFIT THE HARVARD UNIVERSITY ART MUSEUMS, EX-COLLECTION DAVID A. BERG, NEW YORK*
A Bronze Wine Vessel, Gu
Shang Dynasty, 13th Century B.C.
The flaring trumpet neck cast with four scroll-filled blades rising from a scroll band above the mid-section cast with two taotie masks divided and separated by notched flanges, which are repeated on the spreading foot between confronted dragons, all reserved on a leiwen ground, with a crisply cast three-character pictograph inside the foot, the milky pale green patina with some green encrustation
10¾in. (27.3cm.) high
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A very similar gu is illustrated by M. Boyer, 'Some Chinese Archaic Bronzes in the Danish National Museum', B.M.F.E.A., No. 27, Stockholm, 1955, pl. 2, no. 2.
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