Lot 7. A Chinese bronze ritual wine vessel, gu, Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century B.C.E.; 12 5/8 in. (32.2 cm.) high. Estimate GBP 6,000 - GBP 8,000. Price realised GBP 9,375. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

Cast to the neck with four leiwen-filled blades rising from a band of S-shaped serpents, the middle section and foot with the disconnected parts of a taotie mask divided by notched flanges, the interior of the foot with a three-character inscription.

ProvenanceAcquired by the current owner in the late 1970s.

Christie's. A South American Private Collection, London, 5 December 2019