21 - 22 March 2013
A RARE PAIR OF BRONZE RITUAL WINE VESSELS, JUE
LATE SHANG DYNASTY, 12TH-11TH CENTURY BC
Each deep body is raised on three blade-shaped supports, and is crisply cast with a narrow band of four oblong 'eyes' reserved on a ground of tapering scrolls that encircles the upper body beneath the loop handle that issues from a bovine head. A pair of reel-capped posts rises from the rim. The bronze has milky green patina and some ferrous encrustation.
8½ and 8 3/8 in. (21.5 and 21.2 cm.) high, wood stands, box (2)
Collection of William and Penn Hines; Sotheby's New York, 29 November 1988, lot 42.
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