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