Lot 42. A bronze 'mythical beast' pole finial, Shang dynasty. Height 4½ in., 11.43 cm. Estimate: 4,000 - 6,000 USD. Lot sold: 5,670 USD. © Sotheby's 2021
well cast as a hollow conical socket issuing from a ferocious bovine mask with bulging eyes and a broad flattened nose, flanked by flaring ears, all below tall curved horns cast with intaglio coil details, the conical socket with further intaglio motifs and pierced with two apertures, the bronze with a reddish-brown patina with malachite encrustation, stand.
Property from the Estate of John W. Wilkins.
Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, New York, 21 September 2021