19 - 20 September 2013
Property from a Private American Collection
A SMALL BRONZE ARCHAISTIC CENSER
The vessel has an S-profile body that is cast in relief with two taotie masks with detached elements centered on a narrow flange below a band of paired dragons confronted on small animal masks and separated by a pair of lion-mask handles, all reserved on a "fish-roe" ring-punched ground. A Hu Wenming four-character seal mark is inscribed on the base.
4 in. (10 cm.) diam.
Elwyn M. Smolen Collection.
David Hausman, New York, 1989.
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Elwyn M. Smolen, 'Chinese Bronzes of the Ming Dynasty', Arts of Asia, January-February 1980, p. 76, fig. 11.
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