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PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED NEW YORK PRIVATE COLLECTION

A RARE ARCHAIC BRONZE RITUAL WINE VESSEL (ZHI)
EARLY - MIDDLE WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 37,500 USD
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661

PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED NEW YORK PRIVATE COLLECTION

A RARE ARCHAIC BRONZE RITUAL WINE VESSEL (ZHI)
EARLY - MIDDLE WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 37,500 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

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A RARE ARCHAIC BRONZE RITUAL WINE VESSEL (ZHI)
EARLY - MIDDLE WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY
well cast with the pear-shaped body rising from a splayed foot to a wide flared rim, decorated around the neck with a band of kuilong against a leiwen ground, interrupted by a pair of raised ram-head masks, all above a narrow band of highly abstract winged-creature motifs encircling the foot, the interior with a ten-character inscription reading X zuo lü yi sun zi yong yan chu ru, the surface mottled with areas of malachite encrustation
Height 7 1/4  in., 18.4 cm
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Provenance

Sotheby Parke-Bernet, New York, 8th May 1980, lot 45.
Sotheby's Hong Kong, 20th May 1981, lot 897.
Offered at Sotheby's New York, 7th December 1983, lot 57.
Sotheby's London, 11th December 1984, lot 14.
Sotheby's New York, 19th September 2001, lot 9.

Literature

Wang Tao and Liu Yu, A Selection of Early Chinese Bronzes with Inscriptions from Sotheby's and Christie's Sales, Shanghai, 2007, pl. 190.

Catalogue Note

Compare a slightly larger bronze zhi, cast with a very similar design band around the neck but with a different animal mask, inscribed to the interior with twenty-seven characters, dated early Zhou dynasty, in the Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., published in John Alexander Pope, Rutherford John Gettens, James Cahill, et. al, The Freer Chinese Bronzes, vol. I, Washington, 1967, pl. 73. Similar decoration can also be seen on a four-legged bronze you and a zun, excavated from the tomb of Yu Bo Ji of the early to middle Western Zhou period at Baoji, Shaanxi province. See Jessica Rawson, Western Zhou Ritual Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, Washington, 1990, p. 35, figs 31 and 32. See also a related early Western Zhou zhi with three characters cast to the interior, illustrated in Wu Zhenfeng, Shangzhou qingtongqi mingwen ji tuxiang jicheng [Compendium of inscriptions and images of bronzes from Shang and Zhou dynasties], vol. 19, Shanghai, 2012, no. 10463.

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