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ceremonial & ritual items ||| sotheby's n08872lot6gytcen

ceremonial & ritual items ||| sotheby's n08872lot6gytcen

ceremonial & ritual items ||| sotheby's n08872lot6gytcen

ceremonial & ritual items ||| sotheby's n08872lot6gytcen

Lot 146. An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel (zun), Late Shang Dynasty, 13th - 11th century BC. Height 8 3/4 in., 22.3 cmEstimate 30,000 — 50,000 USDLot sold 110,500 USD. Photo Sotheby's

with an expansive trumpet mouth and broad splayed hollow foot with a double raised filet, the sides flat cast with a band of three taotie  with protuberant eyes below a narrow band of confronting kui dragons, the shoulder  with a similarly decorated frieze interrupted  with three bovine masks, below another pair of raised filets encircling the neck, wood stand, wood box (3).

Provenance: Japanese Collection formed prior to World War II.

Note: A similar zun in the Hunan Provincial Museum is illustrated in Zhonguuo qingtongqi quanji, vol. 4, Beijing, 1998. pls. 117 and 118; another was sold in our London rooms 13th November, 2002,  lot 34; and other related vessels of this period are published in Robert W. Bagley, Shang Ritual Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, Washington, D.C., 1987, pls. 44 and 45 and p. 281, fig. 45.1.

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, New York, 11 september 2012