An archaic bronze tripod vessel (Lian), Han dynasty | 漢 青銅奩
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An archaic bronze tripod vessel (Lian)
the exterior with a later carved inscription reading Ya Wu Shou zuo Fuji zunyi (Ya Wu Shou made this precious vessel for Father Ji)
Height 6⅜ in., 16.1 cm.
Good condition with typical oxidisation, minor denting and general surface wear.
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Collection of His Excellency Hugues Le Gallais (1896-1964).
Sotheby's London, 11th November 1958, lot 81.
Collection of Dr Wou Kiuan (1910-1997).
Wou Lien-Pai Museum, 1968-present, coll. no. H.7.21.
Hugues Le Gallais (1896-1964) 閣下收藏
吳權博士 (1910-1997) 收藏
Compare another Han dynasty bronze lian vessel, probably also used as a cosmetics box, complete with its original cover, sold in these rooms, 22nd March 2011, lot 195, from the collection of J.T. Tai & Co.
The later-added inscription on the present vessel may be inspired by the Wu Shou yan from the early Western Zhou dynasty, which has a very similar inscription, only lacking the bao character. The Wu Shou yan is illustrated in Xuanhe bogu tulu [Illustrated catalogue of antique treasures from the Xuanhe hall], Boruzhai chongxiu edition, Wanli 16th year (1588), vol. 18, p. 25.