An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel (Jue), Late Shang dynasty | 商末 青銅饕餮紋爵
30,000 to - 50,000 USD
An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel (Jue)
Late Shang dynasty
the deep U-shaped body rising from three splayed triangular blade legs to a pointed rim opposite a guttered spout flanked by a pair of posts capped with conical finials, the exterior cast with taotie masks with bulging eyes, divided by three crenelated vertical flanges, one side set with a loop handle issuing from a bovine mask, enclosing a single-character inscription, the surface with malachite encrustation
Height 8⅜ in., 21.3 cm
Two legs have been off and restuck. The other leg with a consolidated crack encircling. The legs with restoration to the tips. A few minor restorations to the rim and the edges of the finial caps and possible traces of minor touch-ups, including to the handle. X-Ray images available upon request.
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Collection of Barbara J. and Helen S. Myers.
Sotheby's New York, 30th May 1990, lot 16.
Sotheby's New York, 31st March-1st April 2005, lot 149.
Barbara J. 及 Helen S. Myers 收藏
Wang Tao and Liu Yu, A Selection of Early Chinese Bronzes with Inscriptions from Sotheby's and Christie's Sales, Shanghai, 2007, pl. 250.
Wu Zhenfeng, Shang Zhou qingtongqi mingwen ji tuxiang jicheng [Compendium of inscriptions and images of bronzes from Shang and Zhou dynasties], vol. 14, Shanghai, 2012, no. 06440.
彭銳查及張立東，《The MacLean Collection: Chinese Ritual Bronzes》，芝加哥，2010年，圖版8