Lot 810. A bronze ritual wine vessel and cover, you, and a bronze ritual wine ladle, Western Zhou dynasty (circa 1046-771 BC). Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2017.
The you is cast in high relief around the shoulder with two taotie masks flanked by two long-tailed birds, their tails terminating at loops to which are attached the animal head-surmounted ends of the arched handle. The cover is also cast with a band of birds flanking simplified masks between raised tabs at the ends and below a pierced, open finial. The ladle has a deep bowl and an arched shaft joined to the flattened, flared handle by a small bovine mask. You 8 ½ in. (21.6 cm.) high with handle; ladle 8 in. (20.3 cm.) long, box
Provenance: Ladle: Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, 12-13 March 1975, lot 124.
Both: The Erwin Harris Collection, Miami, Florida, by 1995.
Christie's. The Harris Collection: Important Early Chinese Art, 16 March 2017, New York, Rockefeller Center