Lot 10. The Fu Xin Zhi. A bronze ritual wine vessel, Late Shang dynasty, 13th-11th century BC. Height 6 in., 15.2 cm. Estimate 10,000 — 15,000 USD. Lot sold 30,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's.
the pear-shaped body resting on a high foot ring encircled by two bowstring bands, decorated on each side of the neck with a taotie mask centered by a shallow flange and flanked by two kui dragons all between two further bowstring bands, the surface with dark silver patina, a three-character inscription on the interior of vessel.
Provenance: Private Japanese collection.
Note: The first character of the inscription is a rare clan sign, depicting a kneeling figure with a vessel.
The box for this lot is inscribed with a research note written by Professor Matsumaru Michio, dated 2005.
Sotheby's. Archaic Bronzes and the Wu Dacheng Jijintu Scroll. New York. 18 march 2014