7 November 2017
A BRONZE RITUAL WINE VESSEL, ZUN
EARLY WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY (12TH CENTURY BC)
The vessel is boldly cast to the bulbous mid-section and lower body with taotie masks interspersed with vertical flanges. There is a later-added inscription to the underside of the foot. The surface is greyish-black in tone, with some areas of malachite encrustation.
10 ¾ in. (27.4 cm.) high
Christie's London, 9 July, 1979, lot 259.
The Michael Michaels Collection of Early Chinese Art.
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The result of Oxford thermoluminescence test no. 266j36 is consistent with the dating of this lot.
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