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Lot 320
AN ARCHAIC BRONZE RITUAL FOOD VESSEL, GUI
Western Zhou Dynasty
29 May 2023, 13:00 HKT
Hong Kong, Admiralty

HK$1,200,000 - HK$1,500,000

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AN ARCHAIC BRONZE RITUAL FOOD VESSEL, GUI

Western Zhou Dynasty
Crisply cast with a rounded body, everted rim, centered by beast masks in high relief and flanked by a pair of loop handles issuing from horned animal heads, decorated around the exterior with confronted birds with long curly tails raised against a leiwen ground, cover, stand and Japanese wood box.
14cm (5 1/2in) high; 26cm (10 1/4in) wide

Footnotes

西周 青銅簋

Provenance:
Manno Art Museum, Osaka
Collection of Shieidou, Kobe, by repute

來源:
大阪萬野美術館舊藏
傳神戶志永堂繼藏

Vividly decorated with confronted birds with long curly tails raised against a leiwen ground, this gui is characteristic of bronze casting in the Western Zhou period (c.1046-771 BC). The shape of this vessel, with its rounded body, everted rim and animal-head handles, also represents one the most popular forms of the time. A similar vessel but of smaller size was excavated in 1957 from Zhaoyuanpo, Chang'an, Shaanxi province, now in the National Museum of China, Beijing, illustrated in Zhongguo qingtongqi quanji [A Complete Collection of Chinese Ancient Bronzes], vol.5, Western Zhou 1, Beijing, 1996, pl.61. Gui were used to hold cooked rice or millet in ritual ceremonies.

此簋屬西周典型,應是當時貴族階層所用之物。雷紋地上飾長尾鳥紋,鼓腹、侈口、獸首耳。比較一例,1957年陝西長安兆元坡出土,現存於北京中國歷史博物館, 載於《中國青銅器全集》,卷5,西周1,北京,1996年,圖版 61。簋,盛飯器具,常用於祭祀。

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