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Lot 37. An inscribed archaic bronze ritual wine vessel (Zhi), Late Shang / Early Western Zhou dynasty. Height 4½ in., 11.4 cmEstimate: 30,000 - 50,000 USD© Sotheby's 2021

the pear-shaped body encircled below the waisted neck and flared rim with a register of two simplified taotie masks, cast in low relief with bulging eyes and a central flange, all reserved on a leiwen ground, the tall splayed foot with a narrow band of diagonal scroll motifs divided by raised bosses, the interior cast with a two-character inscription fu xin. 

ProvenanceSotheby's New York, 28th-29th November 1994, lot 205.
Sotheby's New York, 23rd March 2004, lot 581.
American Private Collection.
Christie's New York, 13th September 2018, lot 1103.
Literature: Luo Zhenyu, Zhensongtang jigu yiwen xubian [Sequel to the gathering of ancient writings in the Zhensongtang], vol. 2, 1934, p. 32.
Liu Tizhi, Xiaojiaojingge jinwen taben [Rubbings of archaic bronze inscriptions in the Xiaojiaojingge], vol. 5, 1935, p. 72.
Luo Zhenyu, Sandai jijin wencun [Surviving writings from the Xia, Shang, and Zhou dynasties], vol. 14, 1937, p. 37.
Yan Yiping, Jinwen zongji, [Corpus of Bronze Inscriptions], Taipei, 1983, no. 6363.
The Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, ed., Yin Zhou jinwen jichengshiwen [Interpretations of the compendium of Yin and Zhou bronze inscriptions], vol. 4, Hong Kong, 2001, no. 6128.
The Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, ed., Yin Zhou jinwen jicheng [Compendium of Yin and Zhou bronze inscriptions], Beijing, 2007, no. 06128.
Wang Tao and Liu Yu, A Selection of Early Chinese Bronzes with Inscriptions from Sotheby's and Christie's Sales, Shanghai, 2007, pl. 173.
Wu Zhenfeng, Shang Zhou qingtongqi mingwen ji tuxiang jicheng [Compendium of inscriptions and images of bronzes from Shang and Zhou dynasties], vol. 19, Shanghai, 2012, no. 10172.

Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, New York, 21 September 2021