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PROPERTY FROM A JAPANESE PRIVATE COLLECTION

A RARE BRONZE RITUAL WINE VESSEL (ZUN)
LATE SHANG DYNASTY 
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 47,500 USD
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596

PROPERTY FROM A JAPANESE PRIVATE COLLECTION

A RARE BRONZE RITUAL WINE VESSEL (ZUN)
LATE SHANG DYNASTY 
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 47,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A RARE BRONZE RITUAL WINE VESSEL (ZUN)
LATE SHANG DYNASTY 
rising from a splayed foot to an everted rim, the central section cast in relief with two taotie masks with bulging eyes on a leiwen ground divided by narrow flanges between double bowstring bands, the interior with a three-character inscription, the dark brownish-green patina with some light malachite encrustation, wood stand, Japanese wood box (3)
Height 10 3/8  in., 26.4 cm
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Literature

Minao Hayashi, Inshu-jidai Seidoki-monyo no Kenkyu / Studies on Yin and Zhou Bronze Decoration: A Conspectus of Yin and Zhou Bronze Vessels, vol. II, Tokyo, 1986, pl. 2-467. 

Catalogue Note

The present zun vessel belongs to a distinct category of late Shang and early Western Zhou dynasty bronzes characterized by the eccentric 'smiling mouth' formed below the taotie. The most famous example of this type is a zun in the Sackler collection, dated to the 11th century BC, and intricately cast with flanges and three registers of taotie masks, the central one bearing a toothy grin, illustrated in Robert W. Bagley, Shang Ritual Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collections,  Washington D.C., 1987, pl. 49 and front cover. A small number of zun from this category and of similar form to the present example are known, including one in the Idemitsu Museum, illustrated in Ancient Chinese Arts in the Idemitsu Collection, Tokyo, 1989, pl. 46; another excavated in 1999 and now in the Institute of Archaeology Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, illustrated in Wu Zhenfeng, Shangzhou qingtongqi mingwen ji tuxiang jicheng / Compendium of Inscriptions and Images of Bronzes from the Shang and Zhou Dynasties, vol. 20, Shanghai, 2012, pl. 11213; and a third sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 7th July 2003, lot 612. 

The box for this lot is inscribed with a note by Yuzo Sugimura, dated 1964.

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