An inscribed archaic bronze ritual wine vessel, gu, Shang dynasty | 商 興觚
An inscribed archaic bronze ritual wine vessel, gu,
of slender waisted form supported on a tall footring, cast around the mid-section and splayed foot with pairs of zoomorphic masks centred by notched flanges against a leiwen ground, the registers divided by double bowstrings with two cruciform motifs, all below a tall trumpet neck decorated with a band of angular serpents and four blades enclosing leiwen pattern, cast to the inside of the base with a single character reading xing
h. 29.7 cm
X-rays show that the vessel is in good condition. There is typical oxidisation, minor loss to detail and other general surface wear.
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Collection of Rafi Y. Mottahedeh (1901-78), New York.
J.J. Lally & Co., New York, 2nd August 1991.
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See a related gu, also bearing the xing inscription and attributed to the early Western Zhou dynasty, published in Wu Zhenfeng, ShangZhou qingtongqi mingwen ji tuxiang jicheng [Compendium of inscriptions and images of bronzes from Shang and Zhou dynasties], vol. 18, Shanghai, 2012, no. 08968.