Lot 146. An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel (zun), Late Shang Dynasty, 13th - 11th century BC. Height 8 3/4 in., 22.3 cm. Estimate 30,000 — 50,000 USD. Lot 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.
Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, New York, 11 september 2012