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Bronze Axe Caps (3659)

W 385mm H 250mm

Ref: WEB890

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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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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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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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Bronze "Ox head form" Belt Hook. (4056)

W 42mm H 63mm

Ref: WEB326

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Bronze, gold and turquoise inlaid Belt Hook,in the form of a cicada. (4056)

W 26mm H 89mm

Ref: WEB327

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Bronze Belt hook in the form of a Bird. (4056)

W 37mm H 74mm

Ref: WEB328

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Bronze axe blades (3659)

W 175mm H 950mm

Ref: WEB889

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A set of three bronze plaques (3659)

Ref: WEB891

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