Compare a closely related you with a cover, excavated in 1950 from a tomb in Wuguancun, Anyang, Henan Province, and now in the National Museum of China, illustrated in Zhongguo Wenwu Jinghua Daquan [The Quintessence of Chinese Cultural Relics], Qingtong Juan [Bronzes], Hong Kong, 1994, pl. 109. See further examples of this form, such as a slightly larger example, cast with a narrower band of leiwen spirals and a taotie mask around the neck, from the Arthur M. Sackler Collection and now in The Art Museum, Princeton University, New Jersey, illustrated in Robert W. Bagley, Ancient Chinese Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, Washington D.C., 1987, pl. 61; one featuring a more elaborately decorated handle, formerly from the collection of Hans-Jürgen von Lowchow, included in the exhibition Frühe Chinesische Bronzen aus der Sammlung Klingenberg, Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst, Cologne, 1993, cat. no. 9; and another in the Idemitsu Museum, Tokyo, published in Ancient Chinese Arts in The Idemitsu Collection, Tokyo, 1989, pl. 64.
The pictogram on this vessel, wei, may be translated as ‘surround’ and is found on three archaic bronze gu, published in Shang zhou qing tong qi ming wen ji tu xiang ji cheng. 17. Jiuqi. Gu jiao jue. Shanghai, 2012, pls 08986, 08987 and 08989, the first from the Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Berlin, the second sold in our London rooms, 13th December 1977, lot 210, and the third in the Palace Museum, Beijing, respectively.
Please call 1-800-555-5555 to order a print catalog for this sale.
Online Registration to Bid is Closed for this Sale. Would you like to watch the live sale?Watch Live Sale