A bronze ritual wine vessel (Jue), Late Shang Dynasty, 12th-11th century BC. Photo Sotheby’s
the deep U-shaped body supported on three tapering blade legs, cast with a band on a leiwen ground forming two taotie masks separated and bordered by three notched flanges, a two-character inscription cast under the bovine-mask loop handle, further blades beneath the spout, set with a pair of dome-capped posts with ‘fire-whorl’ motif, the dark-brown patina with patches of malachite encrustation. Height 8 1/4 in., 21 cm. Estimation 7,000 — 9,000 USD
Provenance: Acquired in Beijing, 1934.