An archaic bronze pouring vessel, yi Eastern Zhou
Lot 602
An archaic bronze ritual pouring vessel, yi Eastern Zhou dynasty
Sold for HK$ 275,000 (US$ 35,448) inc. premium

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An archaic bronze ritual pouring vessel, yi
Eastern Zhou dynasty
The large archaistic vessel widely cast, the exterior with bands of keyfret scrolls and downward leaf lappets, all converging towards a covered spout in the form of a mythical beast expelling water from its mouth, the C-shaped chi dragon handle surmounted by a taotie thumb rest, with malachite encrustation.
25cm wide.

Footnotes

  • Archaic bronze yi vessels were used in conjuction with pan for the ritual washing of hands. It was a late Western Zhou adaptation of the gong or the he, and continued into the Eastern Zhou period.

    For a closely related archaic bronze yi, see an example preserved in the Shanghai Museum, illustrated in Zhongguo Qingtongqi Quanji, 6, Xi - 6 - Xi Zhou (2), Beijing, 1997, p. 143, no. 147.

    東周 青銅獸形匜
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