An important and rare archaic bronze ritual offering vessel, fangzuo gui
Early Western Zhou Dynasty, circa 1050-900 BC
The finely cast body of bombé form rising to the everted mouthrim, raised on a spreading foot cast integrally atop a square pedestal stand, the body cast in low relief on both sides with two taotie masks divided by a central notched flange, the neck with a narrower border enclosing a relief-cast bovine mask flanked by stylised dragons, the foot with a border of four pairs of silk worms divided by flanges, the body set with a pair of horned mythical-beast loop handles, cast on the sides with a fully formed bird, all atop the pedestal with cicadas at the corners above the sides cast with taotie masks flanked by birds, the interior with a 20-character inscription.
32cm wide x 29.2cm high (12 5/8in wide x 11½in high)
Chinese Works of Art
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