A BRONZE RITUAL WINE VESSEL, GU, SHANG DYNASTY
China, late Shang dynasty, 13th-11th century BC. The trumpet-shaped neck is finely cast with four scroll-filled blades, the center section with two taotie masks divided by hooked flanges, repeated on the spreading foot with four matching quadrants bearing a rare cicada motif. The interior of the foot with an incised inscription.
Provenance: Private English collection, acquired in Hong Kong 1980s-1990s, and thence by descent in the same family.
Condition: The vessel has an anthracite and russet patina with extensive malachite and lapis encrustation. Some losses due to corrosion. The encrustations have been partially removed with a micro chisel on one of the four blades, revealing the original design and russet patina of the bronze.
Weight: 960.7 grams
Dimensions: Height 26 cm
Matching box. (2)
Auction result comparison: Compare with a closely related Gu at Christies New York on September 18th-19th, 2019, in Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, lot 991.