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Silver and copper-inlaid bronze wine vessel, hu

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Title

Silver and copper-inlaid bronze wine vessel, hu

Date

Eastern Zhou dynasty, Warring States period (475-221 BC)

Medium

Bronze

Dimensions

H: 34.5 cm.

Reference

CVCSC 0384.A

Collection

Chinese

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This hu, or ritual wine vessel, is decorated with recessed panels cast in low relief surrounded by ‘rope twist’ borders, a form of decoration thought to have been influenced by the rope-slung containers carried by nomads, and evident on a number of vessels dating from the earlier Spring and Autumn period (770-475 BC). The long neck, rarely found in vessels of this type, is finely decorated with bands of silver inlay.

Silver and copper-inlaid bronze wine vessel, hu Eastern Zhou dynasty, Warring States period (475-221 BC) © Compton Verney