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A VERY RARE ARCHAIC BRONZE RITUAL WINE VESSEL (ZUN)
EARLY WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY
Estimate
100,000150,000
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806
A VERY RARE ARCHAIC BRONZE RITUAL WINE VESSEL (ZUN)
EARLY WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY
Estimate
100,000150,000
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A VERY RARE ARCHAIC BRONZE RITUAL WINE VESSEL (ZUN)
EARLY WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY
well cast with the bulging central section rising from a splayed foot to a trumpet neck with an everted rim, set evenly around the body with three raised plain bands, inscribed to the interior with an eight-character inscription reading Xi (possibly) Zhong zuo fu yi bao zun yi, the surface with malachite encrustation. Japanese boxes (5) 
Height 8 in., 20.2 cm
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Provenance

Christie's Hong Kong, 1st December 2010, lot 3218.

This lot is accompanied by a certification note written by Zoroku Hata III in 1936. The box is inscribed with a note by Uzan Nagao (1864-1942) in the same year.

Catalogue Note

This vessel is particularly unusual for its minimalist appearance, lacking surface decoration except for three raised ribs. Zun of this type are discussed by Jessica Rawson in Western Zhou Ritual Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, Washington D.C., 1990, p. 67, where she notes that plain vessels were recovered in the area of the Xing fief in Yuanshi county, Hebei province, and are datable to the latter part of the early Western Zhou period. Richly decorated vessels were also excavated at this site, suggesting that the two styles coexisted.

Two zun of this type in the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., are illustrated ibid., vol. IIB, pls 85 and 86, the first decorated with two ram’s heads and illustrated with two further examples, figs 85.1 and 85.2, the second left plain; and two undecorated zun are illustrated in Jung Keng, ‘The Bronzes of Shang and Zhou’, Yenching Journal of Chinese Studies, Monograph Series no. 17, 1941, pls 523 and 543, together with one with a handle, pl. 532.

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