About this artwork
The bulging, curvilinear silhouette of this house-shaped wine container is emphasized by prominent, hooked flanges, which also accent the surface divisions created by sectional mold casting. The elements of surface decoration—high relief monster (taotie) masks, crested and plumed birds, and dragons with reverted heads are extravagantly shaped: Fringes with elaborate hooks and quills, their curves and coils extend and replicate to symmetrically fill the divided panels of the body and lid.
Identical dedicatory inscriptions cast within the interior of the base and lid read: “Rong zi [Son of Rong] made [this] precious sacrificial vessel.” Such inscriptions, studied as historical documents as well as calligraphic art, contribute to our understanding of the chronology and patronage of ancient Chinese bronzes.
- Wine Container
- 1099 BCE–1000 BCE
- 32.8 × 18.4 × 14.4 cm (12 7/8 × 7 1/8 × 5 5/8 in.)
- Lucy Maud Buckingham Collection