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Acquired in 1935 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Unknown
attributions_note
bibliography
collection_code
EAS
credit
Purchased with the assistance of The Art Fund, the Vallentin Bequest, Sir Percival David and the Universities China Committee
date_end
date_start
date_text
1200 BC-1100 BC (made)
descriptive_line
Bronze vessel (zun), 1200-1100 BC, Shang dynasty, Chinese.
dimensions
Height: 21 cm
edition_number
event_text
exhibition_history
International Exhibition of Chinese Art (Royal Academy of Arts 01/01/1935-31/12/1936)
gallery
China, room 44
historical_context_note
historical_significance
history_note
id
71279
label
Wine vessel Shang dynasty 1250-1050 BC This wine vessel is shaped like an owl. Cast bronze Museum no. M.5-1935 [2007]
last_checked
2014-08-30T00:07:08.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-30T00:07:08.000Z
latitude
36.894451
location
China, room 44, case 9
longitude
104.165649
marks
materials
materials_techniques
Bronze, cast
museum_number
M.5:1, 2-1935
museum_number_token
m51935
object_number
O74109
object_type
Vessel
on_display
true
original_currency
original_price
physical_description
Bronze container in the form of an owl, with a removeable head. The short-eared owl stands on its four-toed feet without support. The plumage details are partly seal pattern, partly thunder-scroll diaper, with a monster mask on the breast and an ox-headed serpent outlining the border of each wing.
place
China
primary_image_id
2006BD5475
production_note
production_type
public_access_description
This figure of an owl represents a type of ritual bronze vessel called zun, used for storing wine in tombs in order that the dead could continue offering sacrifices to the gods and ancestors. Bronze was one of the most important of the many materials used for grave goods. Good burials showed gratitude to the spirits of the universe and established the reputation of the dead ones in the afterworld.
related_museum_numbers
rights
3
shape
site_code
VA
slug
vessel-unknown
sys_updated
2013-08-17T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
title
updated
vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
-1100
year_start
-1200