Chinese Ritual Jade Wine Vessel (Zun), Late Shang - Early Zhou dynasty. Length; 9 inches = 22.5 cm.
Height: 4 ¾ inches = 12 cm. Width: 3 ½ inches = 8.8 cm. This museum quality rare sacrificial wine vessel known as zun. Belongs to late Shang dynasty or early Zhou dynasty. It consists of 2 parts: the lid and the body of the vessel.
Both parts were engraved with auspicious animal figures. The engravings of dragon and phoenix birds are rudimentary, compared to the more intricate design of later ages.
The head of the vessel showed a ferocious rhinoceros or Tao-tie like fictitious animal from heaven with imposing teeth. Note the well-known swirling cloud design at the knob of the lid.
Archaeological digs had found bronze wine vessels of similar design. However this is a truly rare jade ritual wine vessel of extremely fine quality. The authenticity of this vessel is supported by differential weathering, cleaving veins, dissolved pits & diffusive markings. The statue workmanship is of mastery workmanship quality. This statue is acquired from an astute antique collector family with interest in archaeology.A seasoned antique collector, - Chinese professor from New Jersey, USA, who wishes to divest his high value estate collection. The item "Chinese Ritual Jade Wine Vessel (Zun), Late Shang Early Zhou dynasty" is in sale since Monday, December 4, 2017. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\China\Other Chinese Antiques". The seller is "ukr10" and is located in Clearwater Beach, Florida. This item can be shipped worldwide.