24 septembre 2010

An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel (Zun). Late Shang Dynasty-Early Western Zhou Dynasty, 11th century BC.

An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel (Zun). Late Shang Dynasty-Early Western Zhou Dynasty, 11th century BC. photo courtesy Sotheby"s of tall circular form with a wide trumpet mouth and raised splayed foot, the long flared neck plain, the central bulb cast in low relief with a frieze of confronting dragons, divided and interspersed with notched vertical flanges, between narrow bands of circles, the lower bulb cast with a similar design frieze, the bronze a warm golden-brown patina with patches of green malachite and red... [Lire la suite]
14 mars 2009

A Rare Small Bronze Ritual Food Vessel, Gui, Late Shang Dynasty, 12th Century BC

A Rare Small Bronze Ritual Food Vessel, Gui, Late Shang Dynasty, 12th Century BC The bombé body flat-cast with two bands of decoration, the main band comprised of four taotie masks, two centered on a notched flange on each side, the other two centered on the C-scroll handles which issue from a dragon mask and have a small tab pendent from the bottom, the narrow upper band with four pairs of dragons with oblong eyes cast in relief centered on two sides by a relief-cast animal mask and separated on the other two sides by the... [Lire la suite]
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12 mars 2009

An Exceptional Turquoise-Inlaid Bronze and Jade Ge-Halberd Blade, Late Shang Dynasty, Anyang Phase, Circa 1300-1100 BC

An Exceptional Turquoise-Inlaid Bronze and Jade Ge-Halberd Blade, Late Shang Dynasty, Anyang Phase, Circa 1300-1100 BC The short grey-green jade blade now almost completely altered to an opaque mottled buff color with beveled edges and a conical hole, the haft finely inlaid on both sides in turquoise tesserae with a taotie mask set beneath a blade-shaped panel enclosing a further taotie, the handle with flat projecting hafting bar, a plain nei with a hole and a butt cast in the shape of a bird with large hooked beak, bifurcated... [Lire la suite]