First Look: A 3,000 Year Old Ritual Vessel from the Shang Dynasty

New York | September 2018

During the Shang Dynasty, rulers and shamans would use bronze ritual vessels to commune with the higher powers of the ancestral spirit realm. In this First Look, Sotheby’s presents a rare example of a remarkably well-preserved relic from over 3,000 years ago. Dragons, cicadas and high relief taotie masks adorn this intricately designed piece that transports us to another age. Explore other magnificent Chinese ceramics and works of art in Sotheby’s Important Chinese Art sale ( 12 September New York)

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