A Rare Bronze Ritual Food Vessel, Fangding
late shang dynasty (12th-11th century b.c.)
the rectangular body cast raised on four cylindrical legs, each side cast with a taotie mask separated by a flange, all against a leiwen ground, the rim surmounted by a pair of upright loop handles, one interior wall cast with an inscription depicting two kneeling figures flanking a ritual vessel above a gui character; together with a copy of Shang Ritual Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, Robert W. Bagley, The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, 1987.
Height 8 x width 6 3/4 x depth 5 1/4 inches.
Property from a Private Chicago Collection
Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, Christie's New York, March 25-26, 2010, sale 2405/2297, lot 1003
Acquired prior to 1966
R.W. Bagley, Shang Ritual Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, 1987, pp. 472-5. no. 88
N. Barnard and Cheung Kwong-yue, Rubbings and Hand Copies of Bronze Inscriptions in Chinese, Japanese, European, American and Australasian Collections, Taipei, 1978, no. 1300 (inscriptions only)
R. Poor, Bronze Ritual Vessels of Ancient China, New York, 1968
Height 20.3cm x width 17.1cm x depth 13.3cm