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Tubular Fitting

A work made of bronze inlaid with gold and silver.
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  • A work made of bronze inlaid with gold and silver.

Date:

Eastern Zhou dynasty, Warring States period (480–221 B.C.), 4th/3rd century B.C.

Artist:

China

About this artwork

Sumptuously inlaid bronze tubes were designed as fittings for weapons, scepters, and chariots. This hexagonal fitting was probably a ferrule (dun), used to cap the lower end of a wood shaft for a bronze halberd. In its remarkable fluency, the inlaid design of volutes and spirals was largely inspired by contemporary lacquer painting.

Status

On View, Gallery 132

Department

Arts of Asia

Title

Tubular Fitting

Origin

China

Date

Artist's working dates 399 BCE–222 BCE

Medium

Bronze inlaid with gold and silver

Dimensions

H. 14.4 cm (5 5/8 in.); diam. 3.6 cm (1 7/16 in.)

Credit Line

Lucy Maud Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1945.213

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