An Ancient Goose-Neck Vessel
The bulbous body raised on a circular foot, a rounded collar dividing the curved neck, a circular upright mouth rim at the crest and a simplified goose head at the tip
China, Han Dynasty (206 B.C. – A.D. 220)
39 cm. / 15 ½ inches high
‘Hsiang and His Album’, Sir Percival David, T.O.C.S., 1933-34, vol. 11, pp. 22-47, pl. XVIII, fig. 29
‘Bestiaire’, Beurdeley & cie, Paris, March 1993, no. 15;
‘Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art’, Christie’s, New York, 21 March 2002, lot 80
This elegant bronze vessel is a rare type of ancient Han Dynasty model, based on the slender and graceful shape of a goose’s neck.