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An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel (Pou). The rounded sides cast with a broad band of scrolling leiwen forming a T-hook lozenge diaper, with a frieze of six stylized tigers in profile with bosses for eyes at the angled shoulder and a double keyfret at the flared foot, and with characteristic encrustation. It is unusual to find a Pou of this form with an angled shoulder and this zoomorphic pattern of tigers above a geometric design. Compare the Pou of a more rounded form decorated with a related diaper pattern, but with the more common band of stylized dragons around the shoulder, illustrated in Robert W Bagley, Shang Ritual Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, Washington DC, 1987 pl.53. Pou decorated with geometric patterns are characteristic of the early Anyang period, and Bagley states op.cit., p.32 that on the Pou shape geometric designs gave way in the latter part of the Anyang period to the conventional zoomrophic decor. * Formerly on loan to the Neiraku museum, Nara Japan

W 200mm H 165mm

Ref: WEB102

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An archaic bronze ritual food vessel (Yu). With three taotie masks on a Leiwen ground. A similar Yu excavated at Subutun, Qingzhou, Shanxi province, is illustrated in Lu Changling, Shandong wenwu jinghua, Beijing, 1996. Another from the Mount Trust collection is illustrated in William Watson, Ancient Chinese Bronzes, London, 1962, pl. 4b. * Formerly on loan to the Neiraku museum, Nara Japan

W 255mm H 192mm

Ref: WEB103

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An archaic bronze ritual food vessel (Ding). The upper body cast with a band of confronting taotie masks, above a deep section of diamonds enclosed within keyfret borders, a boss cast in low relief at the center of each diamond, the patina of a warm grey-green with extensive areas of red-brown cuprite encrustation and patches of green malachite. * Formerly on loan to the Neiraku museum, Nara Japan

Ref: WEB104

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An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel (You). The loop handle cast with elongated kui dragons issuing from bottle shaped horned animal masks, the upper body cast with two pairs of taotie masks amidst a leiwen ground, extensive areas of malachite encrustation. One in the Hakutsuru Art Museum, Kobe Japan. One from the Winthrop collection in the Harvard University Art Museum, Cambridge, Mass. * Formerly on loan to the Neiraku Museum, Nara Japan

Ref: WEB105

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Gilt Bronze Belt Hook "Tiger Face" form.

W 33mm H 85mm

Ref: WEB325

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Bronze Axe Caps (3659)

W 385mm H 250mm

Ref: WEB890

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An archaic bronze ritual food vessel (Ding). The cover finely cast in low relief with three bands of continuous highly stylised dragon scroll, the innermost centered around three serpentine figures in confrontational pose, the dragon scroll repeated on the upper body above a pronounced flange and a shallow section of dragon scroll, the lower body cast with twelve cicada blades enclosing stylised interlocking dragons.

A similar ding of the early Warring States period, excavated at Jiagezhuang, Tangshan, Hebei province and now in the Museum of Chinese History, Beijing, is published in Zhongguo qingtongqi quanji, vol. 9, Beijing, 1997, pl. 94; another is published in Jenny So, Eastern Zhou Ritual Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, New York, 1995, pl.15, together with a related piece from the collection of Chester Dale and Dolly Carter, Princeton University Art Museum, p.134, fig. 13.3, and a Ding in The Art Institute of Chicago is published in Charles Fabens Kelley and Chen Meng-chia, Chinese Bronzes from the Buckingham Collection, Chicago, 1946, pl. LIV.

* Formerly on loan to the Neiraku museum, Nara Japan

Ref: WEB107

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The fish with a curved belly and a flat back is simply carved on both sides with a circular eye and fins running on the side, a hole is drilled through the mouth. The four-legged tailed beast is plain in decoration, and carries a large fish in its mouth. (3659)


  • Old European Collection


Late Shang (BC 1500-1046).

W (Fish): 5.5cm. W (Beast): 5.3cm.

Ref: WEB93

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A cylindrical bronze jar with original cover supported on three short hooves, the cover with a mushroom shaped knob, decorated around the sides with a ring circle, the ring circle repeated twice on the upper neck above the two small restrained ring handles, three times around the center and twice at the base. The elegant body with a green-brown patina suffused with areas of red cuprite. * Formerly on loan to the Neiraku museum, Nara Japan (3001)

Ref: WEB108

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Bronze Comb. (4056)

W 70mm H 80mm

Ref: WEB324

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