An inscribed archaic bronze ritual wine vessel (Lei), Late Shang dynasty | 商末 戎罍
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An inscribed archaic bronze ritual wine vessel (Lei)
Late Shang dynasty
cast beneath each of the handles on the shoulder with a clan pictogram reading rong
Height 14⅜ in., 36.4 cm
The rim has a short consolidated diagonal crack, measuring approx. 4 cm. Otherwise, the vessel is in general good condition with some expected wear and minor casting imperfections, including a few small patches of thinner bronze to the base. X-Ray images available upon request.
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Acquired in Hong Kong, 1996.
Richard A. Pegg and Zhang Lidong, The MacLean Collection: Chinese Ritual Bronzes, Chicago, 2010, pl. 14.
彭銳查及張立東，《The MacLean Collection: Chinese Ritual Bronzes》，芝加哥，2010年，圖版14