A Bronze Gui And Cover (Food Vessel)

Late Western Zhou Dynasty
Height: 27.6cm

The slightly compressed body crisply cast with six concave horizontal ribs below a band of interlinked stylized dragons, repeated on the domed cover with a coiled phoenix in low relief within the circular finial, with a pair of animal-mask handles with pricked up ears and well defined features suspending the ring handles, the splayed foot encircled with double petal lappets, all supported on three animal-mask bracket feet, the interior of the cover and base cast with lengthy pictograph inscriptions, the patina with green and blue encrustation.