Chinese Bronze Ceremonial Vessel
Shaped Wine Pot Circa:
Early Qing, 16th-17th Century H
8.5 in.(21 cm), W 6.5 in.(16.5cm), D 3.5 in.(9 cm) Condition:
minor chip on base, overall very good!
distinctive form of this bronze vessel is ingeniously designed with a flaring
trapezoid rim, four rhombus corners gradually tapered into a swelling round paunch
above a circular base, with two stylized water dragons pouring out wave curves
that served as side handles, completed with plantain leaves on four side, elaborately
decorated with taotie masks, bearing the I-Ching Hexagrams "Li" and "Kan" (Fire
and Water) amid the interlocking hooks motif, which repeats in a flat band around
the paunch. Considering that the flowing contours exemplifies Ming transition
in its preference, the intricate ornamentation is likely a revival of the archaic
Chinese design. Along with the smooth, dark patina mottled with traces of malachite
on this bronze, we attributed the vessel was made in the early Qing Period.
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