22 - 23 March 2012
A RARE BRONZE SECTION OF A RITUAL LADLE
EASTERN ZHOU DYNASTY (770-256 BC)
Comprising the lower portion of a ladle shaped as a wolf's head decorated with scrolls and a scale-like pattern of shallow cells for inlay issuing from a trapezoidal socket and holding a bamboo-shaped stem in its jaws that continues down to the side of the peach-shaped bowl, with dark grey patina and some milky green encrustation
5¾ in. (14.6 cm.) long, wood stand
Willem van Huesden Collection.
Mathias Komor, New York, 1954.
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Willem van Heusden, Ancient Chinese bronzes of the Shang and Chou dynasties: an illustrated catalogue of the van Heusden collection, Tokyo, 1952, pp. 128-9, pl. XXX.
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