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).