Lot 2033A small bronze ritual tripod wine vessel, jue, Early Shang dynasty, Erligang period, circa 1600-1500 BC; 5¾ in. (14.5 cm.) highEstimate USD 10,000 - USD 15,000. Price Realized USD 20,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014. 

Of lenticular section, the lower body has a rounded profile and a flat bottom raised on three slender blade-shaped supports that have a median ridge and curve slightly outwards at the ends. The mid-section is cast with three bow-string bands on one side and the other side is plain beneath the strap handle. A pair of tiny posts rises from the rim at the back of the long, tapering spout.

Provenance: Senshutey, Tokyo, Japan, September 1998.

Exhibited: Senshutey, Tokyo, Japan, The Collection of Chinese Art: Special Exhibition 'Run through 10 years', Japan, 2006, pl. 19.

NoteThe shape, decoration and construction of this jue are similar to another of Erligang date illustrated in Shang Ritual Bronzes in the National Palace Museum Collection, Taiwan, 1998, pp. 116-17, no. 1.

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 20 - 21 March 2014