This vessel is richly decorated with dense patterns and features animals on the lid, spout and handle as well as extraordinary animal-shaped feet. Vessels of this type were used for wine, but they were also often used for water and paired with a water basin, or pan. These energetic designs were very popular in northern central China, in what is today Shaanxi Province.
Ritual ewer and cover, he Early Eastern Zhou dynasty (770-221 BC), between 800-700 BC © Compton Verney
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