582
582
A RARE PAIR OF ARCHAIC BRONZE RITUAL WINE VESSELS (GU)
SHANG DYNASTY, 13TH CENTURY B.C.
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582
A RARE PAIR OF ARCHAIC BRONZE RITUAL WINE VESSELS (GU)
SHANG DYNASTY, 13TH CENTURY B.C.
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 50,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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A RARE PAIR OF ARCHAIC BRONZE RITUAL WINE VESSELS (GU)
SHANG DYNASTY, 13TH CENTURY B.C.
each of waisted form, the smooth sides rising from a short, straight foot to a trumpet neck and flaring rim, the central section protruding only slightly for a subtly bulbous profile and cast with two dissolved taotie masks in relief, all between thread-relief bands above and below, a pair of cruciform apertures in the lower set of bands, two intaglio pictograms cast to the interior of the foot, the patina of mottled silvery-green color with malachite encrustations (2)
Height 10 7/8  in., 27.6 cm
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Provenance

Collection of P. O'Connor, Esq.
Sotheby's London, 13th December 1977, lot 235.
Collection of J.T. Tai & Co.
Sotheby's New York, 22nd March 2011, lot 2.

Catalogue Note

Bronze vessels known as gu first appeared in the Erligang phase of the Shang dynasty. A simple, stout vessel with a profile curving in an unbroken arc from rim to foot, the form gradually evolved to taller, more slender shapes with a pronounced middle section. The present pair of gu are comparatively large and stout, therefore suggesting an early Shang dynasty date. Comparable excavated vessels are discussed and illustrated in Robert W. Bagley, Shang Ritual Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, vol. I, 1987, Washington, D.C., pp. 216-261, cat. nos 40 - 41, and figs. 41.1 and 41.2. A related pair of gu, part of a larger set of objects uncovered near Luoyang, Henan province, now in the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, are illustrated in William White, Bronze Culture of Ancient China, Toronto, 1956, p. 133.

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