Bronze with light green patina
China, Late Shang Dynasty, 11th century BC
H 21.4 cm
A three-character inscription inside reads: 'Ancestor Wu’s (Fifth’s) Sacrificial Vessel'
Body composed of three udder-shaped sections, each decorated with a high relief taotie mask with bulbous eyeballs and protruding nostrils on a leiwen background, with magnificent long eyebrows that curl down at the ends. With semi-circular handles and large cylindrical feet
Provenance: Louis Depagne collection, Nice-London; private collection, France
Literature: similar example in H. Minao, 'In Shu Jidai Seidoki No Kenyu, Conspectus of Yin and Zhou Bronzes, vol 1. plates pp. 55-57, 64, 66-67, 70, 1984, Japan