Chinese bronze pictorial fanghu
14in., 36cms high.
Warring States/Western Han dynasty, c.300-200 BC
Price: This item has been sold
A rare Chinese bronze
pictorial fanghu, or square
wine jar, cast in flat relief
with two bands of mythical
bird-like creatures and a
central band of
figures hunting spotted deer-
like animals. Between these
are bands of taotie and
linked lozenges, the sides
well cast with mask and loose
ring handles.
The patina is nicely worn,
particularly around the neck,
from years of handling, with
pin holes from wear in two
small places.

Provenance: The old
collection of a now retired

Compare two round hu
examples, one in the Avery
Brundage collection, San
Francisco Museum, the other
illustrated by C. Deydier,
Chinese Bronzes, 1980,
pl. 43 and 44. both with
bands of similar hunting
Two others, according to JJ
Lally (Arts of Ancient China,
2006) are in the National
Palace Museum, Taipei and in
the Freer Gallery of Art.

Nicholas S Pitcher | Chinese Antiques, Porcelain, Pottery and Bronzes