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A BRONZE WINE CUP (JUE) LATE SHANG DYNASTY, 12TH-11TH CENTURY BC

Estimate
100,000 - 150,000 USD
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425,000 USD
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Description

  • bronze
the deep U-shaped body raised on three sharp blade-shaped legs, crisply cast on each side with a taotie mask in high relief with rounded eyes, angular horns and slim bodies, the loop handle on one side issuing from a bovine head, bisecting a taotie mask, divided by notched flanges, beneath a long spout and pointed tail forming the rim, decorated with elongated blades under the spout and tail interspersed with triangular motifs, surmounted by a pair of posts capped by mushroom tops with sunken whorl patterns, all raised on a leiwen ground, the surface covered with a pale green patina

Provenance

T.Y. King, Shanghai, 1948.
Collection of H.E. Alexandre J. Argyropoulos.
J.J. Lally & Co., New York.

Exhibited

Mostra d'Arte Cinese, Palazzo Ducale, Venice, 1954, cat. no. 11.

Literature

Jean-Pierre Dubosc, Mostra d'Arte Cinese, Venice, 1954, p. 21, no. 11.

Catalogue Note

Similar to the previous gu vessel, the present jue cup is another fine example of the final style of late Shang bronzes, particularly striking visually with the high-raised design executed in slim relief bands. Compare to a jue with similar decoration in the collection of the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Washington D.C., discussed and illustrated in Robert W. Bagley, Shang Ritual Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collection, Washington, D.C., 1987, pp. 196-197, no. 19. Another similar jue vessel, unearthed in 1994 at Anyang is illustrated in Yinxu xinchutu qingtongqi (Ritual bronzes recently excavated in Yinxu), Kunming, 2008, p. 302, no. 156.
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