18 March 2009
A RARE BRONZE CHARIOT FITTING
MIDDLE WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, 10TH CENTURY BC
The socket well cast on the two broad sides with a long-tailed bird with long trailing crest feathers reserved on a leiwen-ground panel, one of the narrow sides with a panel of an elongated cicada, and the other narrow side with a rectangular opening, with a flat plate at the widest end from which extends a slightly flared flange cast with another long-tailed bird on a leiwen ground, with mottled milky green patina
9 5/8 in. (24.5 cm.) long, stand
Acquired prior to 1978.
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J. Rawson, Western Zhou Ritual Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, vol. IIA, The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, 1990, p. 82, fig. 112.
See the related chariot fitting cast with similar bird decoration illustrated by A. Leth, Catalogue of Selected Objects of Chinese Art in the Museum of Decorative Art, Copenhagen, 1959, no. 17.
Please note that this lot does not have a stand.
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