More than a Game / A PARCEL-GILT BRONZE 'CLOUD' ARROW VASE, TOUHU Ming Dynasty
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A PARCEL-GILT BRONZE 'CLOUD' ARROW VASE, TOUHU
The partly-gilt bulbous body decorated with archaistic taotie masks divided by flanges, rising from a spreading foot with wave pattern to a tall cylindrical neck decorated with gilt cloud swirls above a band of further archaistic taotie masks, the mouth flanked with a pair of cylindrical tubular handles further decorated with archaistic masks. 23.1cm (9 1/8in) high, 1.069kg.
The Brian Harkins Collection
The present vase displays archaic motifs inspired by ritual bronzes of the Shang and Western Zhou dynasty as demonstrated in the taotie masks and in the 'wave' pattern motif around the foot. Archaism saw revival from the Song dynasty, and the present 'wave' pattern also relates and is in continuity to that seen on a bronze fu vessel, dated to 1314 in the Shanghai Museum.
Compare a similar style of gilt decoration on a related bronze arrow vase, late Ming dynasty, illustrated by D.Failla, Food for the Ancestors Flowers for the Gods, Genova, 2017, p.240, fig.11.1.
局部鎏金可參考意大利熱那亞國立愛德華多·基歐索尼東方藝術博物館所藏一件明代銅局部鎏金投壺，見D.Failla，《Food for the Ancestors Flowers for the Gods》，熱那亞，2017年，頁240，編號11.1。