Lot 183
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AN ARCHAIC BRONZE RITUAL VESSEL (ZUN)  SHANG DYNASTY, YINXU PERIOD

Estimate
650,000 - 850,000 USD
Sold
1,455,000 USD
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Description

of cylindrical form, superbly cast with a subtly rounded midsection set above a spreading foot and surmounted by a trumpet neck, recessed horizontal bands separating each section and four vertical notched flanges dividing the foot and midsection into quadrants, the foot and midsection each cast in high relief with two pairs of dissolved taotie masks staring outward and kuilong crawling alongside the flanges, further kuilong marching around the trumpet neck and extending their slender bodies to border the arched blades ascending toward the rim, a pendent cicada positioned at the pinnacle of each blade, the creatures' bodies and the ground both covered with a fine leiwen pattern, the interior of the base cast with two large characters reading luo jing, wood stand, two Japanese wood boxes, handwritten description label by Kunio Fujita, senior curator for Asian Art, Tokyo National Museum, circa 1960 (6)
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