An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel (Gu), Late Shang dynasty | 商末 青銅饕餮紋觚
An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel (Gu)
Late Shang dynasty
of slender proportions with a spreading lower body set over a short straight foot and rising to a cylindrical central section below a tall flaring neck, the lower body with two dissolved taotie masks in high relief against a leiwen ground divided by four vertical flanges, the central section repeating the design, the neck with a band of S-curved serpents below four tall cicada blades all patterned with leiwen
Height 10⅝ in., 27 cm
In overall good condition with some wear to the decorative design. X-Ray available upon request.
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Collection of Robert G. Calder, Jr.
Christie's New York, 23rd March 1995, lot 323.
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