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Bronze zhou jie with gold inlay. Warring States Period (475 - 221 B.C.) Excavated at Shou County, Anhui Province, 1957 : This shou jie (shipping pass) was issued by the King of Chu to Prince Qi, Lord of E. Prefecture. Such permits, reserved for royalty and aristocrats, specified the kind and quantity of goods to be transported; they also stated tax exemptions and tariffs. Verification of its authenticity consisted of the perfectly fitted halves of a section of bamboo - Phil Akashi

Bronze zhou jie with gold inlay. Warring States Period - 221 B.

Tao Tie (饕餮)is a motif commonly found on Chinese ritual bronze vessels from the Shang and Zhou Dynasty. The design typically consists of a zoomorphic mask, described as being frontal, bilaterally symmetrical, with a pair of raised eyes and typically no lower jaw area. Some argue that the design can be traced back to jade pieces found in Neolithic sites such as the Liangzhu culture (3310–2250 BCE).

[Taotie on a ding bronze vessel from late Shang era] Taotie From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The Taotie (Chinese: 饕餮;

Chinese Green Stone Seal Chop

Chinese Green Stone Seal Chop

Liao Dynasty. The weave structure is typical Liao samite, but the design retains the influence commonly found in the Tang dynasty. The pattern consists of pearl roundels enclosing four birds in symmetrical arrangement. This is a combination of a Song dynasty grid system popularly known as cu si (group of four in tangential arrangement) and a Central Asian motif of the bird in roundel. The use of pearl roundels is also popular in Liao textiles. China National Silk Museum.

Liao Dynasty has combination with roundels enclosing four birds in symmetrical arrangement and a Central Asian motif of the bird in roundel in the textile.

Sinology Sunday: Western Han dynasty

Sinology Sunday: November 29, 2015

Hu vessel, Warring States period (475–221 BCE), Wei state Bronze with inlaid gold, silver, and precious stones | Baoji Bronze Museum

Hu vessel, Warring States period BCE), Wei state Bronze with inlaid gold, silver, and precious stones

Bronze Bo Bell with design of coiled snakes, Warring States Period (China) 5th C. BC - Photo by Brian McMorrow, Tokyo Natl Museum

Bronze Bo Bell with design of coiled snakes, Warring States Period (China) C. BC - Photo by Brian McMorrow, Tokyo Natl Museum

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Bronze Sword      Dated: circa 4th–3rd century B.C.E. (Eastern Zhou dynasty, Warring States period (475–221 B.C.E.)

Bronze Sword Dated: circa century B. (Eastern Zhou dynasty, Warring States period B.

Gourd-shaped Vessel, Spring And Autumn period, 770-476 BC, Shanxi Museum.  A bird rests atop the bent neck of the vessel. A chain extends down to its zoomorph handle. The bulbous body of the vase is decorated in four bands of closely-set pimples. Compare: a similar vessel from Xi'an.

Gourd-shaped Vessel, Spring And Autumn period, BC, Shanxi Museum.

Belt hook - Eastern Zhou dynasty, Warring States period (475–221 B.C.) Date: 5th–3rd century B.C. Bronze with gold and silver inlay inset with nephrite.

Belt hook - Eastern Zhou dynasty, Warring States period B. Bronze with gold and silver inlay inset with nephrite.

Une brique ancienne en pied de lampe chapeau carré gris

Une brique ancienne en pied de lampe chapeau carré gris

The ‘Hag of the Mill’ (Cailleach an Mhuilinn) is a mysterious and elusive character featured in a number of famous mythological tales from medieval Irish literature. This ‘grand d…

Lucky Stone - protective amulet with naturally occuring hole in the middle. If given as a gift, thought to bring good luck, if found believed to protect the bearer

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Lot The Ji Zu Yi Zun. A Magnificent And Important Bronze Ritual Wine Vessel, Late Shang Dynasty, Century.

Ox-shaped Zun, Western Zhou dynasty.  Shaanxi History Museum, Xi'an.   This zun wine container is cast in the shape of an ox with crescent-shaped, laid-back horns. The liquid is poured out of its mouth. The vessel's square lid is fitted with a tiger handle, and an abstract design covers its body. The ox's tail forms the handle of the vessel. At 15" long, the vessel is a rather large example of its type.

Ox-shaped Zun, Western Zhou dynasty. Shaanxi History Museum, Xi'an. This zun wine container is cast in the shape of an ox with crescent-shaped, laid-back horns. The liquid is poured out of its mouth. The vessel's square lid is fitted with a tiger handle, and an abstract design covers its body. The ox's tail forms the handle of the vessel. At 15" long, the vessel is a rather large example of its type.

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