21 - 22 March 2013
A BRONZE RITUAL TRIPOD WINE VESSEL, JUE
SHANG DYNASTY, 13TH-12TH CENTURY BC
Raised on three blade-shaped supports the deep body is cast with two taotie masks separated by narrow flanges and reserved on a leiwen band, below a band of small triangular blades and longer blades on the underside of the spout and tail. One mask is centered on a flange, the other on a two-character inscription cast beneath the curved handle surmounted by a bovine mask. Two posts with rounded caps rise from the rim. The patina is of mottled milky green color.
7 5/8 in. (19.3 cm.) high, wood stand, Japanese wood box with inscription by Sugimura Yozo (1900-1978)
Private collection, Japan, 1960-70s.
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The inscription cast beneath the handle consists of a graph, possibly reading xiang ('to show respect through a feast'), followed by the character Fu ('father').
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