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Chinese Archaistic Bronze Ritual Ram-Form Wine Vessel



A wonderful Archaistic lidded wine vessel in the rare form of a ram, the surface decorated with dragons, birds and fish as well as stunning geometric designs, the top with a kui dragon for a handle. In late Shang dynasty style, 13th-11th century BC. Animal-form vessels are the rarest form of Chinese archaic bronze. A vessel like this would have been used during ritual offerings to the ancestors to appease the spirits, and thus to gain good fortune. With a lovely varied verdigis patina over the entire surface. An original of this type recently sold for twenty seven million dollars! You can own this fine later copy for much less.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 12 in. (30.48 cm)Width: 18 in. (45.72 cm)Depth: 7 in. (17.78 cm)
  • Style
    Archaistic (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1900
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. In 'excavated' condition, with encrustation over the surface and a gap of missing bronze in the hindquarters.
  • Seller Location
    Stamford, CT
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU803017931282

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  • Shipping
    $110 Standard Parcel Shipping
    to anywhere in the world, arrives in 4-5 weeks.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Stamford, CT
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 14 days of delivery.

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