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Ancient Chinese Spring and Autumn Archaic Ritual Cast Bronze Dou 豆 - 771 BC

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Seller: artancientltd (9,479) 99.4%, Location: Huntingdon, Ships to: Americas, Europe, Asia, AU, Item: 201051305225 An important and well provenanced Ancient Chinese ritual bronze food vessel, or dou, dating to the Spring and Autumn Period, 770 – 476 BC. Cast in bronze and following ancient Neolithic styles, this dou is beautifully balanced. The form is confident and visually arresting, the concave tray is encircled by low rounded sides, supported on a thick cylindrical stem shifting gracefully into a flared foot. During the Spring and Autumn (eastern Zhou) Period, ancient Neolithic artefacts were prized and revered as symbols of a bygone age. As such, far more ancient styles could come to influence contemporary wares (particularly in the outlying regions of Mongolia), this stunning vessel is an extremely rare example of this effect. A remarkable testament to the reverence in which the ancient Chinese held their forbears, the individual who cast this vessel was following an artistic style that was already ancient. In ancient China, ancestral worship was the predominant form of religion. Elaborate bronzes such as this piece, filled with food and wine, were set out every tenth day in a form of communal banquet for the ancestors to come and share with their living descendants. By honouring ones ancestors in this fashion, the ancient Chinese gained both power and protection against malevolent spirits. In Chinese mythology these hugely important vessels were not simply mere objects, but were seen as living entities. For a similar, published vessel, please see: Treasures on Grassland: Archaeological Finds from Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. Shanghai Museum: Shanghai. Height: 8 inches. Condition: Good, unrestored and exhibiting a beautiful patina. Provenance: Formerly in the collection of Mr. Robert Hatfield Ellsworth, acquired 1950's - 1990's. Mr. Ellsworth’s discerning eye and encyclopaedic knowledge led him to become amongst the foremost collectors and dealers of ancient Chinese Art in the 20th century. Indeed, in the words of Sotheby’s “Ellsworth has been active on the Asian art scene for so long it is hard to imagine how other specialists would get along without him.” Referred to as the “King of Ming”, over the years Mr. Ellsworth put together a collection of some of the finest ancient Chinese antiquities, and subsequently donated close to 500 works of art to the Metropolitan Museum, New York. The rare individuals who achieve success as both art dealers and collectors are truly exceptional, Robert Ellsworth is a member of this select group and Artancient is pleased to offer this rare opportunity to acquire an artefact from one of the key art collections of the 20th century. Published: Sothebys, New York, 19/3/2002 lot. 30., part. Authenticity All items are unconditionally guaranteed to be Authentic as described. For added security we offer a full money-back guarantee if a recognized authority disputes the authenticity of any object sold. We send paper invoices incorporating a signed certificate of authenticity and photograph of the item. Shipping We send all collectibles Registered, Signed-for and Insured. We do not aim to profit from shipping charges. As volume sellers with preferential rates, we are mostly able to ship at below commercially available prices. For eBay customers If you wish to leave us a note or have a special request for delivery, please do not use the "item notes" on the ebay checkout. Instead, please send your request via the contact seller link. Combined shipping In some cases we can combine multiple items into a single package to save you money. However, If you plan to purchase items over the course of a day or more you must delay payment and let us know after you have purchased the first item. Otherwise all items are sent following cleared payment. Terms and conditions No Sales Tax/VAT will be charged by ourselves. We are not responsible for customs delays/duties. As legitimate sellers, we abide by United Kingdom and European Union Export regulations. We do not mis-describe items on the customs form. Please note that in most countries, antiques and collectibles are eligible for minimal/zero charges on importation. ArtAncient Limited is registered in England no. 06376708 Vat registration no: GB 948 9832 53. Services & Partners: inkFrog Analytics Material: Bronze, Original/Reproduction: Original, Genuine or Reproduction: Genuine, Region of Origin: China, Dynasty: Spring and Autumn Period, Vessel Type: Dou

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