ALONG THE YANGZI RIVER

Exhibition at  CHINA INSTITUTE GALLERY
125 East 65th Street, NYC
 
Bronze Age Exhibition from Hunan of about 60 bronze ritual vessels from the Provincial Museum in Changsha. 
 
Bronze vessels are always difficult to appraise and I normally stay away from them because of so many later renditions. Fortunately I do not encounter them  often from the Shang and Zhou dynasties (ca. 1600 to 256 B.C.). As a rule these vessels conform to certain stylistic models and this makes it more difficult to date to a certain period. When I first saw a photo of  this bronze vessel or Ding  with a human face on all sides I thought that it had to be  later rendition because I have never seen one with a human face. But turns out I am wrong. It is of the period, rare and unique – until archeological excavations in the Yangtze River valley  bring us perhaps another human face vessel.
 
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