An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel and cover (You), Western Zhou dynasty | 西周 青銅龍紋卣
An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel and cover (You)
Western Zhou dynasty
of oval section, the pear-shaped body rising from a splayed foot, the lower body unadorned and the shoulder cast with a raised fillet below a register of elephantine creatures confronting a high-relief bovine mask at the center of each broad side, the narrow sides of the shoulder each set with a loop connecting a swing handle with tapir-form finials at the ends, the foot and the sloping cover each cast with a band of continuous scroll and the latter rising to a flaring oval finial, the olive-green patina mottled with malachite, azurite, and encrustations (2)
Height 11¾ in., 29.8 cm
There is restoration to both loops on the shoulder. A possible minor repair to a small section of the foot rim. Otherwise, in overall good condition with some expected general wear. X-Ray available upon request.
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