An exceptional and rare archaic bronze ritual wine vessel (Jia), Late Shang dynasty | 商末 䖵崠耒斝
An exceptional and rare archaic bronze ritual wine vessel (Jia)
Late Shang dynasty
well cast with the slightly compressed globular body encircled in low relief with a broad band of taotie masks on a leiwen ground bisected by five openwork vertical flanges, below a narrow band of further taotie masks and flanges surmounted by a row of upright cicada motifs, the side set with a loop handle, the gently flared rim set with a pair of finials decorated with further cicada motifs and surmounted by whorled medallions, all supported on three slightly splayed blade-shaped legs decorated to the outer face with elongated cicadas, the interior cast with a complex clan sign comprising three individual characters reading kun, dong, and lei, the surface with malachite encrustation
Height 10⅜ in., 26.4 cm
The vessel is in general good condition. There is a restored break to a crescent-shaped section of the rim underneath one finial, and possibly another to the section of the rim underneath the other. Several scattered faint hairline cracks and a patch to one side visible under UV light, possibly from cleaning. X-Ray images are available upon request.
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Offered at Sotheby's New York, 31st May 1989, lot 20.
Collection of K’ung Ling-chieh (1921-1996).
Sotheby's New York, 20th September 2000, lot 41.
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