16 March 2017
TWO SMALL BRONZE ARCHAISTIC VESSELS
MING DYNASTY (1368-1644)
One is a heavily cast jar, the bulbous body cast in relief with a band of interlaced dragons, their eyes inlaid in gold, below a narrow band of lozenges on the shoulder. The other is in the form of a miniature tripod steamer, lian, the tri-lobed lower body cast with three taotie masks and the upper body flat-cast with cicada blades pendent from a band of key fret below two bail handles that rise from the rim.
4 in. (10.2 cm.) diam.; 3 ¾ in. (9.5 cm.) high, one wood stand
Jar: E. R. Butler Collection (according to label).
The Erwin Harris Collection, Miami, Florida.
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