21 mai 2009

A rare archaic bronze 'Bird's-Head' libation cup, yi. Late Warring States Period

A rare archaic bronze 'Bird's-Head' libation cup, yi. Late Warring States Period The double-lobed deep rounded sides forming a heart shape with the tip pointing towards the handle cast as a bird-raptor's head with bulging eyes and an open protruding hooked beak, all supported on an oval foot. 15.4cm (6in) wide. Estimate: £6,000 - 8,000 - Unsold Provenance: purchased from an American private collection in Florida, circa 2000Note: Compare a similar excavated gilt vessel in the Hebei Province Museum, illustrated... [Lire la suite]