04 mars 2018

A Finely Cast Archaic Bronze Ritual Wine Vessel, Gu, Shang Dynasty, Anyang phase (1300–1050 BC)

Lot 8030. A Finely Cast Archaic Bronze Ritual Wine Vessel, Gu, Shang Dynasty, Anyang phase (1300–1050 BC); 12 1/4in (31.1cm) high. Estimate US$ 70,000 - 100,000 (€ 57,000 - 81,000) © Bonhams 2001-2018 The slender vessel cast at the flaring trumpet-form neck with four blades each enclosing attenuated cicada forms with double eyes forming dispersed taotie masks in raised relief above a fine leiwen ground and extending from an unusual horizontal band of raised eye-centered cusped quatrfoils, the central knop... [Lire la suite]

15 janvier 2017

Owl-Shaped Wine Vessel (Zun), Shang dynasty (1600–1050 BC), Anyang phase (1300–1050 BC)

Owl-Shaped Wine Vessel (Zun), Shang dynasty (1600–1050 BC), Anyang phase (1300–1050 BC). Bronze, 20.7 x 9.8 cm (8 1/8 x 3 7/8 in.), Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection, Gift of Mrs. William H. Moore, 1954.48.7a-b. Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery This zun, or wine vessel, is cast in the shape of an owl whose head forms a removable lid. A scaled snake with a tiger’s head forms the pinion of each wing. The snake’s body outlines the curve of the wings, which terminate in a clawed and plumed... [Lire la suite]