WFE22 An archaistic bronze pouring vessel, ‘yi’


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Song dynasty (11th-12th century)

The deep elongated oval body is supported on four blade feet cast as stylised animals. The sides with horizontal grooves below a formal scroll border running through the loop handle formed as a horned animal which rises with arched back to bite the lip of the vessel. The interior has five archaistic pictograms and has a pale green patina with reddish patches and some brighter green encrustation
28 cm; with wooden stand

This vessel is made after the original 'yi' dating from the middle Zhou dynasty. See for an example the 'yi' from the Eumorfopoulos Collection illustrated by Koop, ' Ancient Chinese Bronzes', pl. 55B

Works of Art > Early Bronzes