19 - 20 September 2013
PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT JAPANESE PRIVATE COLLECTION
A SMALL BRONZE RITUAL WINE VESSEL, GU
SHANG DYNASTY, 13TH CENTURY BC
The rounded mid-section of the vessel is cast in intaglio with two taotie masks centered on narrow flanges and is set between bowstring bands encircling the bottom of the plain trumpet-shaped neck and the top of the plain spreading foot. An inscription, which includes a bird, is cast inside the foot. The patina is of brownish color and there is some light malachite encrustation.
5¾ in. (14.7 cm.) high, Japanese wood box
Goto Shinshudo, Tokyo, Japan, December 1993.
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Kuboso Museum, Osaka, Japan, Inki: Hai, Wan, Taku (Drinking Vessels: Cup, Bowl, Saucer) 8 October - 3 December 1989, p. 7, no. 6.
The inscription cast inside the foot of this gu includes a bird, possibly a clan sign, oriented above three graphs, two of which read, Yi fu (Father Yi). The third graph may possibly read, bei (cowry).
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