An important and very rare pair of inscribed and dated 15th century Ming dynasty antique Chinese bronze altar stem bowls / oil lamps, the vessels of large size, exterior of the circular top pans with four evenly spaced raised rounded studs reserved on geometric pattern ground, the central stem cast in low relief with continuous scene of rocky mountains, cloud pattern and breaking sea waves, each of the circular domed base incised around with a lengthy inscription of the location, name of donors, and the date of donation, the metal of dark brown tone. (Wooden stands not included)
NOTE : The inscription on these vessels could be translated as [Altar vessels of the Wen Temple (Temple of Literature); on the day of the Eight month of Chenghua twenty one years (equivalent to 1485 AD); Zhi Court / Hall of Pu-Tian (Pu-Tian is an old historic city located in the south-eastern part of the Fujian province); professor Lin-he, Zheng-Bixian and others respectfully donated / given].
COMMENT : The exact function of these vessels is not known, we presume they were used either as offering bowls for fruits or as oil lamps placed on altar tables.
DATE : Chinese, Ming Dynasty, dated to 21 years of Chenghua (1485) and of the period.
MARK : see above description.
SIZE : approximately 6 3/4" (17 cm) high, 6 1/2" (16.5 cm) top diameter.
CONDITION : both vessels in perfect condition with original patina; overall wear commensurate with age; minor casting faults; both top pans slightly out of round. No damages or repairs noted.
SHIPPING : Inclusive.