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A BRONZE RITUAL WINE JAR, POU
A BRONZE RITUAL WINE JAR, POU

LATE SHANG DYNASTY, ANYANG, CIRCA 1200-1100 BC

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A BRONZE RITUAL WINE JAR, POU
LATE SHANG DYNASTY, ANYANG, CIRCA 1200-1100 BC
The lower and upper body flat-cast with three large taotie masks divided by narrow flanges and flanked by small birds or dragons, all reserved on bands of leiwen, as are the three pairs of addorsed dragons on the foot below three small rectangular apertures, with mottled green patina
9 5/8 in. (24.5 cm.) high, 12¼ in. (31 cm.) across
來源
Yamanaka & Co.
Ernest R. Debenham Collection.
Sotheby's, London, 11 December 1984, lot 7.
Michael Weisbrod Ltd., New York, 5 March 1987.
出版
Umehara, Shina kodo seikwa, 1933, part I, vol. II, pl. 124.
Rong Geng, Shang Zhou yiqi tongkao, 1941, p. 472, no. 897.
展覽
Tenth Anniversary Exhibition, Selected Chinese Works of Art, Michael Weisbrod Ltd., New York, 1986.
Ancient Chinese and Ordos Bronzes, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 1990, no. 9.
The Glorious Traditions of Chinese Bronzes, Singapore, 2000, no. 21.
Metal, Wood, Water, Fire and Earth, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 2002-2006, p. 109.

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Pou seem to have been common in the transitional period between the Erligang and Anyang periods, but appear to have become less popular in the later Anyang period, and by the Zhou dynasty were no longer being made.
Two similar pou, excavated along with three others of different pattern at Machang Village, Yang county, Shanxi province, are illustrated by Zhao Congcang, ed., Chengyang qingtongqi, Beijing, 2006, pp. 159-60, pp. 163-5, figs. 146-9, pls. 44-45 and 46. Another very similar pou of comparable size, dated 13th-12th century BC, is illustrated by Bagley, Shang Ritual Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, pp. 332-3, no. 56, where one in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (accession no. 14.24.1) is mentioned as being "virtually identical". A pou of smaller size (23.5 cm. across), cast with a similar taotie band on the lower body, is in the Qing Court Collection, Palace Museum, Beijing, and illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum - 27 - Bronze Ritual Vessels and Musical Instruments, Hong Kong, 2006, p. 123, no. 80. (Fig. 1)