14 September 2009
AN UNUSUAL BRONZE FITTING
WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, 10TH-9TH CENTURY BC
Hollow cast, of spreading, flattened elliptical section with two holes in the flat top, each side cast in intaglio with a taotie mask and in relief with eyes and a diamond-shaped boss, below a tapering crest cast with scales, with traces of inlay; together with a bronze tubular axle cap, Western Zhou dynasty, cast in relief at the broad end with two dragons reserved on leiwen grounds confronted on two rectangular openings, above four blades, with a small coiled dragon on the flat end
4 7/8 and 6 13/16 in. (12.4 and 17.3 cm.) long (2)
Both: J.T. Tai & Co., New York, 1959.
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Axle cap: The Columbia University Exhibition of Three Thousand Years of the Ceramic Art and Sculpture of China from the Sackler Collections, Low Memorial Library, Columbia University, New York, 11 November 1962 - 18 January 1963.
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