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An archaic bronze food vessel, Gui

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Guest Book
Western Zhou dynasty, 1,100–770 BC
Length: 10 ¼ in (26 cm)

Of simple but classical and elegant form, this well-patinated vessel can be held by two handles made up from the emanations of two mythical beasts. The foot and a band near the rim show a similar decoration of stylized, confronting phoenixes and taotie-masks. The interior is inscribed with archaic characters. A rich patina has developed, with malachite and cuprite inclusions. Some restoration.

Microscopic and chemical analysis have been performed by Orenda Laboratories and support the above dating.

Published: Asiantiques, Chinese Works of Art (2009), cat. no. 106

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