Lot 47
  • 47

AN ARCHAIC BRONZE RITUAL WINE VESSEL (GU) LATE SHANG DYNASTY, 13TH-11TH CENTURY BC

Estimate
50,000 - 70,000 USD
Sold
209,000 USD
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Description

  • Height 11 1/8  in., 28.3 cm
the tall, slim body, with flaring mouth and molded conical foot; the upper body with four elongated upright blades, filled with dissolved taotie mask in relief against a background of dense spirals, four snakes placed between the waist and neck, the waist and lower part also decorated with taotie mask and cicadas in relief against a ground of spirals, divided by four evenly spaced flanges, two bowstrings and two crosses dividing the waist and foot, the bronze with an attractive olive patina and some encrustration inside the vessel, Japanese wood box (5)

Provenance

Mayuyama & Co., Ltd., Tokyo, acquired between 1960-1969.

Literature

Mayuyama, Seventy Years, Volume Two, Mayuyama & Co., Ltd., Tokyo, 1976, p. 30, no. 32.
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