15 - 16 March 2015
PROPERTY FROM THE JANE AND LEOPOLD SWERGOLD COLLECTION
TWO BRONZE RITUAL WINE FLASKS AND COVERS, BIANHU
HAN DYNASTY (206 BC-AD 220)
Both flasks are of flattened oval form, with the curve of the sides accentuated by shallow recessed panels that flank the pair of loop and loose ring handles on the narrow sides. One is raised on a spreading rectangular foot, and the other on an oval foot. Both of the slightly domed covers have a band of chilong scroll encircling the small loop finials. Both vessels have mottled olive-brown and green encrustation.
11 ¼ and 11 3/8 in. (28.5 and 29.5 cm.) high
Acquired in New York, 1996.
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A similar bianhu from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections was sold at Christie's New York, 19 - 20 September 2013, lot 1480.
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