A Bronze Zhi (Wine Vessel)

Early Western Zhou Dynasty
Height: 16.6cm

The slightly compressed body crisply cast in relief to each side with a bold taotie mask with raised horns, flanked to each side with a pair of descending dragons, all framed by raised bands, with a further two bands on the splayed foot, the interior with a six-character pictograph cast to the centre of the vessel, the patina of silvery-grey tone with green encrustation.