A very rare archaic bronze ritual wine vessel (Zun), Early Western Zhou dynasty | 西周初 青銅素帶尊
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, adorned simply with three raised plain bands encircling the body, 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 wood boxes (5)
奚 (疑似) 仲作父乙寶尊彝
Height 8 in., 20.2 cm
There is an approx. 2.5-cm oval patch to the foot and a short break to the foot ring. The upper neck has a network of very fine cracks (detectable on the exterior around approx. 1/3 of the circumference). X-ray images are available upon request.
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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.
附三世藏六丙子年 (1936年) 鑑定書