Compare two other gold and silver-inlaid bronze animal-form vessels dated to the Yuan dynasty included in the exhibition, Chinese and Japanese Bronzes, Michael Goedhuis, 1988, Catalogue, nos. 80 and 81. See, also, the inlaid animal-form censer dated Ming, illustrated in Ancient Chinese Arts in the Idemitsu Collection, Japan, 1989, fig. 463. Another, dated Song, was included in the Catalogue of a Collection of Objects of Chinese Art, Burlington Fine Arts Club, London, 1915, pl. XXXV, no. 14.
For the original inlaid Warring States prototype of this form, refer to the Catalogue of the Special Exhibition of Shang and Chou Dynasty Bronze Wine Vessels, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1989, pl. 66.
The result of Oxford Authentication Ltd. thermoluminescence test no. C298f6 is consistent with the dating of this lot.