An archaic bronze wine vessel and cover (He), Eastern Zhou dynasty, Warring States period | 東周 戰國 青銅獸紋盉
An archaic bronze wine vessel and cover (He)
Eastern Zhou dynasty, Warring States period
東周 戰國 青銅獸紋盉
the globular body supported on three cabriole bird-shaped feet, each bird's head modeled in the round, the wings spread against the vessel's lower body, the body cast with three low-relief registers each divided by recessed bands, the lowest register with repeating pairs of felines each intertwined with a serpent against a stippled ground and bordered by bands of triangular spirals, the middle register with pairs of confronting mythical beasts each with bird-like heads, sinuous bodies, and clawed feet against a spiral ground, the top register with pairs of confronting deer against a spiral ground, the shoulder set with a bird-form spout with a hinged upper beak to allow for pouring, all surmounted by an arched openwork feline-form handle connected to the stepped circular cover by an integral chain, the patina dark gray with areas of malachite and reddish oxidation
Length 10 ½ in., 26.7 cm
The handle reattached, with the section following the feline torso rebuilt. There are restored breaks to the legs, and consolidated crack to the cover. The hinged upper beak of the bird-form spout affixed. X-Ray available upon request.
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Acquired in Hong Kong, 1996.