21 September 2000
A Bronze Wine Vessel, Zun
Shang Dynasty, 11th Century B.C.
The sides flat-cast with a band of three taotie masks with raised eyes below a narrow band of dragon scroll, with a wider band of dragons with backward-turned heads interrupted by three bovine masks cast in relief on the canted shoulder, with a broad trumpet-shaped mouth and spreading pedestal foot, the base of the interior cast with a three-character pictograph, with dark grey patina and some green encrustation
96in. (23cm.) diam.
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