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Acquired in 1926 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Unknown
attributions_note
bibliography
collection_code
EAS
credit
Bequeathed by Ernest A. Brooks
date_end
date_start
date_text
300 BC-100 BC (made)
descriptive_line
Chinese bronze vessel inlaid with gold and silver, Zhou-Han dynasties, 300-100 BC.
dimensions
[Wine jar] Height: 50 cm
edition_number
event_text
exhibition_history
gallery
China, room 44
historical_context_note
historical_significance
history_note
id
1418
label
Wine jar Western Han dynasty 206 BC-AD 8 Cast bronze with gold and silver inlays Given from the E.A. Brooks collection Museum no. M.1154-1926 [2007]
last_checked
2014-08-29T19:24:56.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-29T19:24:56.000Z
latitude
36.894451
location
China, room 44, case 14
longitude
104.165649
marks
materials
Silver, bronze, gold
materials_techniques
[Wine jar] Bronze, inlaid with gold and silver
museum_number
M.1154:1, 2-1926
museum_number_token
m1154121926
object_number
O18883
object_type
Vessel
on_display
1
original_currency
original_price
physical_description
[Wine jar] Quadrangular vase 'hu' with square foot and two ring handles fixed to 'taotie' masks. The symmetrical designs of curvilinear scrolls are inlaid with silver and gold.
place
China
primary_image_id
2010EH2166
production_note
production_type
public_access_description
This type of bronze vase, called a fanghu in Chinese, is an elegant example of a decorative technique popular in China at the end of the Zhou dynasty, around the 4th-3rd centuries BC. In this example, the purple-grey patterns are silver inlays which have tarnished, while the golden patterns are inlaid in two layers. First, thin stripes of a non-precious metal like copper were hammered into pre-chiselled depressions on the surface; then a thin layer of gilding was overlaid on the top. This device obviously helped to economize on precious metals. Vases with inlaid decoration, although utilitarian in scope, were generally considered luxury items to display as symbols of wealth and prestige, and as such they often would have been buried in graves after the death of their owner. The production of inlaid vessels was still widespread during the subsequent Han dynasty (206 BC-220 AD).
related_museum_numbers
rights
3
shape
site_code
VA
slug
vessel-unknown
sys_updated
2014-07-31T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
inlay
title
updated
vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
-100
year_start
-300