London, South Kensington
14 November 2002
An archaic bronze wine beaker (Gu)
its flaring upper section cast with ciccada lappets, the central section and spreading foot decorated with a dense leiwen and taotie pattern band, divided by four vertical ribbed flanges, separated by two plain raised lines, irregular malachite patination -- 11 5/8in. (29.5cm.) high, (restoration to upper section).
A similar example is included Ritual and Reverence, The University of Chicago, 1989, p.46, no.15; another related group from the Arthur M. Sackler Collection, is illustrated by Robert W. Bagley, Shang Ritual Bronzes, pp.239-247, nos 32-35.
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