Chinese Barrel-Form Brass Urn with Traditional Archaistic Ornamentation and Lid For Sale
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Chinese Barrel-Form Brass Urn with Traditional Archaistic Ornamentation and Lid


A Chinese four-legged barrel-form brass urn cast and engraved with archaistic decoration from the 20th century. The gently rounded sides are cast with the dispersed elements of two taotie masks, Archaistic auspicious beasts formed by a pair of stylized and confronted dragons which constitutes the features of this mythical creature, abstractly rendered in low-relief hooked curls. Two bands of kui or passing dragons flank the taotie ornamentation on the belly, all upon an engraved and very finely delineated white leiwen ground symbolizing thunder. Raised on four atlantes with a few anatomical engraved details, the urn possesses a flat circular lid decorated with stylized birds and topped with a phoenix-shaped knob with a ring, a propitious symbol in Chinese art. The white engraved ground nicely contrasting with the dark patina along with the Archaistic traditional low relief decoration echoes Chinese archaic ritual bronzes used in ceremonies or buried in the tombs of the elites for use in the afterlife. This Chinese barrel-form brass urn from the 20th century would add a magnificent presence to any collection.


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  • Condition Details
    Age appropriate wear documented on the photos. Please look at the various ones available
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor fading.
  • Dimensions
    H 17 in. x Dm 13 in.H 43.18 cm x Dm 33.02 cm
  • Diameter
    13 in. (33.02 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Palm Desert, CA
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