2020_PAR_18815_0101_000(jarre_en_bronze_hu_chine_dynastie_han)

Lot 101. Jarre en bronze, hu, Dynastie des Han (IIIème av. JC.-IIIème siècle). Hauteur: 36,8 cm. (14 ½ in.)Estimate EUR 18,000 - EUR 25,000 (USD 20,472 - USD 28,433)Price realised EUR 9,375. © Christie's Image Ltd 2020.

Le corps globulaire légèrement aplati est sculpté de cercles concentriques, décorés sur les côtés d'une paire de anses en forme de monstres soutenant des anneaux mobiles, le pied est haut légèrement évasé et rythmé d'anses verticales. Le bronze a une patine gris-vert avec des incrustations par endroits.

ProvenanceThe Takeuchi Collection, Kyoto, Japan.
With Shogado & Co., Japan, before June 1982.
An important private European collection.

Note: In J. So (ed.), Music in the Age of Confucius, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington DC, 2000, pp.35-63, R. Bagley explains that "sets of bells were both aurally and visually the most prominent instruments of musical ensembles" in ancient China, but outside of China were unknown. Bells of this type were made in graduated sizes to form a set, with each bell emitting two different tones, depending on where it was struck.

A similar yongzhong bell with a flat top, bosses, and low-relief stylised serpent band is found in the Sackler Collection, illustrated by Jessica Rawson in Western Zhou Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, Washington D.C., 1990, vol. II B, pp. 748-749.

See also a set of graduated bells in the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, accession no. S1987.6.

Christie'sArt d'Asie, Paris, 23 June 2020