16 September 2010
A SMALL BRONZE RITUAL WINE VESSEL, ZHI
LATE SHANG/EARLY WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, 11TH CENTURY BC
Of pear shape and oval section, the neck encircled by a band of abstract elongated dragons with oblong eyes reserved on leiwen grounds, and the tall spreading foot by four 'eyes' centering diagonally arranged scrolls
5 5/8 in. (14.4 cm.) high, Japanese wood box
Takeuchi, Kyoto, 1989.
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Metal, Wood, Water, Fire and Earth, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 2002-2006.
A very similar zhi is illustrated by W.P. Yetts, The Cull Chinese Bronzes, University of London, Courtauld Institute of Art, 1939, pl. X, no. 7.
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