More than a Game / A RARE BRONZE 'BUDDHIST LIONS' ARROW VASE, TOUHU Song/Yuan Dynasty
Sold for HK$76,500 inc. premium
A RARE BRONZE 'BUDDHIST LIONS' ARROW VASE, TOUHU
Cast with a compressed globular body rising from a spreading foot cast with a band of stylised lotus petals and surmounted by a tall cylindrical neck, the shoulder cast with scrolling lotus, all below four Buddhist lions playing with brocade balls in high relief, a pair of tubular lug handles flanking the upper part of the neck with archaistic hexagonal pattern, the bronze patinated to a warm coppery-brown colour. 39cm (15 3/8in) high, 3.7kg.
Gardiners, Kilbarchan, 16 September 1991
The Brian Harkins Collection
The globular body and tall foot of the present vase are both unusual designs compared with the more typical arrow vases cast with a compressed body and a wide spreading foot. Compare with a Yuan to early Ming dynasty bronze vase, with a similar globular body raised from a similar tall foot, in the Tokugawa Art Museum, Japan, illustrated by D.Failla, Food for the Ancestors, Flowers for the Gods, 2017, p.307, fig.5.
此壺圓鼓腹及高圈足之器型有別於多數常見之投壺，常見器型多為扁圓腹，圈足外撇成喇叭形。此類器型，似乎更常見於花插，參考一件日本德川美術館藏元/明銅壺，其圓鼓腹，高圈足與本件類似，見Donatella Failla編，《Food for the Ancestors Flowers for the Gods》，熱那亞，2017年，頁307，編號5。