AN ARCHAIC BRONZE WINE VESSEL AND COVER, ZHI EARLY WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY
- bronze and Paulownia wood box
Biao Su made this sacrificial vessel.
A zhi cast with a similar band of confronting birds over an undecorated ground, but lacking the cover, attributed through its inscription to the reign of King Cheng (c. 1042/35-1006 BC), in the Shanghai Museum, Shanghai, is illustrated in Ma Chengyuan, Ancient Chinese Bronzes, Oxford, 1986, pl. 36. See also a zhi decorated with birds over a leiwen ground, sold in these rooms, 13th/14th November 1972, lot 236; and another sold at Christie’s London, 10th June 1974, lot 166.