More than a Game / A LARGE BRONZE ARROW VASE, TOUHU Song/Yuan Dynasty
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A LARGE BRONZE ARROW VASE, TOUHU
The compressed globular body rising from a splayed foot crisply cast with archaistic taotie masks on a leiwen ground, the tall slender neck adorned on with a pair of playful chilong, the top of the neck flanked by a pair of tubular lug handles, decorated with key-fret pattern, the shoulders with elegantly curved quatrefoil pattern above the plain body divided by four flanges. 50cm (19 3/4in) high, 6.2kg.
The Brian Harkins Collection
The quatrefoil pattern on the shoulder was a popular motif during the Spring and Autumn period to Han dynasty, which was called shidi wen (persimmon sepal pattern) by Chinese scholars. See the design on the top of the lid of a gilt-bronze wine vessel, zun, late Western Han, in the Shanxi Provincial Museum, which is illustrated in Zhongguo qingtongqi quanji (Complete Collection of Chinese Bronze), Beijing, 1998, vol.12, p.40. It was rarely seen on the designs from Jin to Tang dynasties, however, appeared again in Song dynasty and seemed to have resumed its popularity in the Yuan dynasty.
Compare the outline of the present leaves with the shape of a gilt-silver 'Kuixing' dish, Southern Song dynasty, excavated in Jiangxi, illustrated by the Zhejiang Provincial Museum, Zhongxing Jisheng: Nansong Fengwu Guanzhi (The Achievement of the Southern Song Dynasty), Beijing, 2015, p.234. Compare also the petals on the shoulders of a bronze vase, 14th/15th century, in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, acc.no.:2019.264.