This type of wine vessel was made in the Shang period. The rectangular cross-section and sides are unusual in bronze casting but evidently popular in the Shang dynasty. The foot is decorated with two small dragons with hooked tails; above these are large taotie or cast monster-mask motifs, repeated on the cover, and below the rim are two further small dragons.
Ritual covered wine vessel, fangyi Shang dynasty (about 1500-1050 BC), about 1300-1100 BC © Compton Verney
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