A GOLD AND SILVER-INLAID BRONZE TAPIR-FORM VESSEL (ZUN) MING DYNASTY, 16TH / 17TH CENTURY
- bronze, silver
- Length 11 1/2 in., 29.2 cm
Later archaistic vessels of this form have historically been dated broadly to the Song to Ming dynasties, with a number attributed to the Yuan dynasty, such as one included in the exhibition Through the Prism of the Past. Antiquarian Trends in Chinese Art of the 16th to 18th Century, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 2008, cat. no. III-55. A slightly smaller vessel, similarly cast and inlaid is illustrated in Philip K. Hu, Later Chinese Bronzes. The Saint Louis Museum and Robert E. Kresko Collections, Saint Louis, 2008, pl. 6, where the author notes that the addition of low and medium cast relief patterns suggests a Ming dynasty manufacture. See also another similar example, acquired by Henri Cernuschi in 1896, attributed to the 16th to early 17th century, in the exhibition Bronzes de la Chine impériale des Song aux Qing, Musée Cernuschi, Paris, 2013, cat. no. 42.