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Ritual wine vessel, zhi

Details

Artist

Unknown

Title

Ritual wine vessel, zhi

Date

Early Western Zhou dynasty (about 1050-771 BC)

Medium

Bronze

Dimensions

H: 16.1 cm.

Reference

CVCSC 0308.A

Collection

Chinese

Status

On Display

A zhi was a ritual wine vessel in a form which was inherited by the Zhou dynasty from its predecessors, the Shang, and was commonly found until about 900 BC. A few of these vessels have handles. This piece has distinctive cast horns. Inside, cast in the centre, is a six-character inscription which reads: Zhen zuo fugui zun yi, or This vessel, dedicated to Father Gui, was made by royal commission.

Ritual wine vessel, zhi Early Western Zhou dynasty (about 1050-771 BC) © Compton Verney