An archaic bronze wine vessel and cover (Hu), Eastern Zhou dynasty, Warring States period | 東周 戰國 青銅卷龍紋鋪首耳壺
Important Archaic Bronzes from the MacLean Collection
An archaic bronze wine vessel and cover (Hu)
Eastern Zhou dynasty, Warring States period
東周 戰國 青銅卷龍紋鋪首耳壺
the pear-shaped body with four registers of repeating pairs of abstracted snake-dragons, each snake-dragon with a finely patterned S-curved body rising and falling in varying levels of relief and centered by a raised boss, recessed bands dividing each register, the neck with geometric cicada lappets rising from a chevron-and-spiral band and set with a pair of beast-mask handles, each suspending a loose ring connected by a loop-and-bar chain to an arched handle with dragon-head terminals, the domed cover cast with concentric bands of abstract motifs and set with a pair of upright loops, all supported on a straight foot cast with a braided band (2)
Height 11 in., 27.9 cm
In general good condition with some expected wear and casting imperfections, including two original cast patch repairs to the lower body. X-Ray available upon request.
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Acquired in Hong Kong, 1994.
Richard A. Pegg and Zhang Lidong, The MacLean Collection: Chinese Ritual Bronzes, Chicago, 2010, pl. 53.
彭銳查及張立東，《The MacLean Collection: Chinese Ritual Bronzes》，芝加哥，2010年，圖版53