An archaic bronze ritual tripod food vessel and cover, gui Western Zhou dynasty
Lot 379
An archaic bronze ritual tripod food vessel and cover, gui Western Zhou dynasty
HK$ 1.4 million - 1.8 million
US$ 180,000 - 230,000
Lot Details
The Property of a private English collector, resident in Hong Kong
An archaic bronze ritual tripod food vessel and cover, gui
Western Zhou dynasty
The splayed feet elevated on four feet cast with taotie masks, the compressed semi-spherical form body and cover tapering towards a splayed knop with lipped rim, the vessel and cover overall cast with a design of horizontal bands arranged in concentric circles, flanked at the sides by a pair of mythical beast handles, the creature with a pair of ears, raised nostrils and protruding eyes, its mouth spewing forth liquid forming the lower half of the handles, the patina of an attractive mottled malachite-green.
42cm wide. (2).

Footnotes

  • 西周 青銅犧耳簋

    For another closely related ritual gui vessel attributed to the late Western Zhou dynasty, see Jessica Rawson, Western Zhou Ritual Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collection, Vol. II, Cambridge, Massachussets, 1990, pl. 57. For other examples excavated from a hoard at Shaochencun, Fufeng county, Shaanxi province, published in line drawings by Jessica Rawson, see Chinese Bronzes. Art and Ritual, London, 1987, fig. 18.
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