Lot 164. An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel (zun), Late Shang-Early Western Zhou Dynasty, 11th century BC. Height 7 1/8 in.,18 cm. Estimate 25,000 — 35,000 USD. Lot sold 98,500 USD. Photo Sotheby's
with flaring mouth and splayed foot cast around the sides in bold crisp relief with two horned taotie masks with bulging eyes on a leiwen ground bisected by narrow flanges between double bowstring bands, two characters inscribed on the base of the interior Fu Gui (Father Gui), the dark brownish-green patina with some light malachite encrustation, wood stand (2).
Property from The Estate of Dr. and Mrs. Richard Eckhardt
Provenance: Acquired in Japan between 1947 and 1952.
Note: A related zun dated to the late Shang dynasty, is illustrated in Jessica Rawson, Western Zhou Ritual Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, Washington D.C., 1990, p. 541, no. 77 and has the same two character inscription but on the inside wall of the ring foot which the author transcribes as Fu Gui. For other closely related examples see ibid fig. 79.2, p. 550. For further discussion on the form and decoration see a similar vessel in Wang Tao, Chinese Bronzes from the Meiyintang Collection, London, 2009, no 61, p. 134.