An Archaistic Bronze Bianhu

Description: Of flattened oval section raised on an oval hollow base, a pair of taotie masks applied to the shoulders, The vessel is otherwise undecorated except for a recessed panel around the front and back and a raised band around the neck. Dark green patina.

This type of wine vessel first appeared in the Warring States period (457-221 BC) as beverage containers, although some scholars believe it was an innovation of the Eastern Zhou period.

Age: Selling as Ming but likely earlier.

Size: Approx 20 cm High

Price: £1250

Note! Freemans sold a similar flask with a similar patina and dated to the Han Dynasty