AN ARCHAIC BRONZE RITUAL TRIPOD VESSEL AND COVER, DING
Warring States period, 5th/4th century B.C.Of compressed spherical form, the rounded sides set with opposing high relief taotie handles suspending loose rings, the three waisted short tubular legs smoothly emerging from the base, interrupting a short foot ring encircling the flat foot, the sides of the body and cover each cast with three concentric bands of lozenge motifs and angular scrolls, the fitted domed cover additionally cast with three evenly-spaced recumbent oxen decorated with stamped medallions, the surfaces with malachite and cuprite patination. 7in (17.8cm) high
戰國 公元前五/四世紀 青銅饕餮活環耳三犧蓋鼎Provenance:An American private collection, by reputeFor similar examples, see one in the collection of the Shanghai Museum illustrated by Chen Peifen, Xia Shang Zhou qingtongqi yanjiu, vol. 6, Eastern Zhou, Shanghai, 2004, p. 406, no. 610; another dated to the early 5th century BC, from Zhangzi County in Shanxi province, is illustrated by Jenny So, Eastern Zhou Ritual Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, New York, 1995, p. 157, fig. 19.2.; and see also one which was sold at Christie's New York, 24 March 2011, lot 1250.