An archaic bronze tripod wine vessel, jue Late Shang/Western Zhou
Lot 228
An archaic bronze tripod wine vessel, jue
Late Shang/Western Zhou
Sold for £31,250 (US$ 41,205) inc. premium

Lot Details
An archaic bronze tripod wine vessel, jue
Late Shang/Western Zhou
The circular body cast on each side with two bosses forming the eyes of a taotie mask on a leiwen ground, on one side beneath a raised animal head and on the other beneath a dragon head issuing a smoothly-cast handle concealing a three-character pictogram, the body supported on three elegantly-flaring legs, the rim extending to a curved spout and a flared point and flanked by two raised finials.
21.9 (8 5/8in) high

Footnotes

  • Provenance: purchased from J.T.Tai in the 1980's by the father of the current owner

    商晚期/西周 青銅饕餮紋爵

    來源: 現藏家父親於二十世紀八十年代購自戴潤齋先生

    The pictogram on this jue appears to consist of three separate ancient characters: the first reads 戈 Ge, referring to the noble Ge clan of the Shang/Zhou dynasties; the second character reads 白 Bai, which is an ancient form of 伯 Bo meaning 'uncle'; the last character probably reads 辛 Xin, whose precise meaning is unclear. In archaic inscriptions of this kind, where the first character refers to a clan name, the second character usually refers to the specific member of the clan for whom the bronze cup was made, while the last character may refer to the name of that member. Thus the inscription may translate as a dedication to an uncle of the Ge clan whose name is Xin.

    Compare a related vessel, but of less elegant form and only a simple leiwen decorative band around the body, dated to the early Western Zhou period and illustrated by J.Rawson, Western Zhou Ritual Bronzes from the Arthur M.Sackler Collections, vol.IIB, Harvard, 1990, no.104. The inscription on this jue from the Sackler Collection reads Ge Fu Xin, which may be a dedication to a father of the Ge clan named Xin, suggesting a close connection with the present lot.
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