A small gilt-bronze drinking vessel


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Ming dynasty, 16th-17th century 

The drinking vessel is in the form of a yi, a pouring jug of asymmetrical form resting on three cabriole feet. The handle is in the form of a ram's head and a similar handle is set on one of the sides. It is cast in relief below the rim with an archaistic border of a stylised animal and geometric pattern.
The whole is covered with areas of an attractive reddish-brown patina.
Length 10 cm

 

Works of Art > Early Bronzes