Happy Gong Wine Vessel in Bronze or Brass, China
Detail: Kuang styling from the early Chou dynasty (late 11th – early 10th Century BC). Used as a wine vessel. Lei-wen pattern covers surface. In high relief are various dragon forms and other metamorphic animal components. Notice the bird like design at the front and the beak protruding below the spout. Notice the handle: monster head holding in its mouth the top of a bird’s head. Bird’s body is complete and it almost touches the ground with human feet. Acquired from one of our Beijing antique dealers. Age unknown.