More than a Game / A RARE BRONZE ARROW VASE, TOUHU Yuan Dynasty
HK$60,000 - HK$80,000
A RARE BRONZE ARROW VASE, TOUHU
The compressed globular body flanked by a pair of protruding mythical beast heads suspending loose rings divided by two projecting flanges, below a band of pendent lappets on the shoulder, the tall slender neck flanked by two lug handles incised with leiwan above two chi dragons and a band of archaistic stylised dragons all raised on a spreading pedestal foot incised with hexagonal spiral patterns. 45.5cm (17 7/8in) high, 4.1kg.
The Brian Harkins Collection
The beast mask in high relief on the body can be identified as xiezhi by its lion head and single-horn. The combination of tubular handles and beast-mask handles can be compared with a silver bowl, Southern Song dynasty, excavated at Pengzhou, Sichuan, illustrated in The Song Dynasty Gold and Silver Hoard from Pengzhou in Sichuan, Beijing, 2002, pl.38-2.