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A RARE ARCHAIC BRONZE 'DOUBLE OWL' RITUAL FOOD VESSEL (YOU)
SHANG DYNASTY, 12TH CENTURY BC
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Лот продан 1,258,500 USD (Цена продажи с учетом процента покупателя)
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A RARE ARCHAIC BRONZE 'DOUBLE OWL' RITUAL FOOD VESSEL (YOU)
SHANG DYNASTY, 12TH CENTURY BC
Оценка
400 000600 000
Лот продан 1,258,500 USD (Цена продажи с учетом процента покупателя)
ПЕРЕЙТИ К ЛОТУ

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A RARE ARCHAIC BRONZE 'DOUBLE OWL' RITUAL FOOD VESSEL (YOU)
SHANG DYNASTY, 12TH CENTURY BC
of oval section, in the form of two addorsed owls, their rounded bodies supported on four stout legs, and crisply cast in low relief with four wings of simple curvilinear outline sweeping back to a pair of rings attached to a rope-twist handle, the domed cover cast on each side with a well-defined mask or owl face with two raised round eyes with recessed pupils, a prominent blunted beak and angular 'C'- scrolls defining the facial features, all below a central pyramidal knop decorated with cicada blades, the mottled green patina with some malachite and cuprite encrustation (2)
Height 5 5/8 in., 14.3 cm
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Происхождение

J.J. Lally & Co., New York.

Описание в каталоге

You vessels of this type belong to two groups - those with highly articulated surface decoration and those plainly decorated. The present lot belongs primarily to the latter but with some notable elements that distinguish it within the form. 

Compare a very similar one in Robert W. Bagley, Shang Ritual Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, Washington D.C.,1987, p. 368, no. 63. Bagley describes the evolution of the form from "notably primitive and inarticulate" (p. 370) to "painstakingly naturalistic" (p. 371) in reference to the archetypal form with intense surface decoration to final edition of the "perfect oval-bodied you" of a type similar to the example on offer.  Bagley describes the appearance of taotie masks on the lid and the innovative design change from downward curved beaks to upturned blunted hooks. The present double-owl you represents an interesting final step on the evolutionary ladder of this intriguing form. 

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