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Ritual ewer and cover, he

Details

Artist

Unknown

Title

Ritual ewer and cover, he

Date

Early Eastern Zhou dynasty (770-221 BC), between 800-700 BC

Medium

Bronze

Dimensions

H: 30 cm.

Reference

CVCSC 0230.1-2.A

Collection

Chinese

Status

On Display

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