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Chinese Bronze Shang Dynasty Gu Vessel


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Metalwork: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1161887
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Height:30 cm (12 in)
Width: 16.3 cm (6.3 in)
Weight: 1.8 kg (4 pound)

This archaic bronze gu-form wine vessel dates from the 16th to the 11th century B.C. The trumpet neck is cast with leiwen-accented leaves centered around the notched flanges. Above the central lobe features leiwen-decorated taotie zoomorphic masks on a leiwen ground. This is repeated on the splayed base with the masks also centered on the notched flanges. This piece has an aged patina with areas of malachite encrustation. There are perforations to the rim and body and the interior base is missing. Otherwise the vessel is in good condition.