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Ritual wine vessel, hu

Details

Artist

Unknown

Title

Ritual wine vessel, hu

Date

Middle Western Zhou dynasty, c.950-850 BC

Medium

Bronze

Reference

CVCSC 0303.A

Collection

Chinese

Status

On Display

In the 28 centuries or so since this wine vessel was cast, it has developed a rich textured patina in shades of blue and green, but was probably highly polished when originally in use, to show off the nely-cast design on its body. The hu was usually made with a lid, but many of the lids have been lost over time, perhaps partly because later owners often used the vessels as ower vases.

Ritual wine vessel, hu Middle Western Zhou dynasty, c.950-850 BC © Compton Verney