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.
- Tubular Fitting
- Artist's working dates 399 BCE–222 BCE
- Bronze inlaid with gold and silver
- H. 14.4 cm (5 5/8 in.); diam. 3.6 cm (1 7/16 in.)
- Lucy Maud Buckingham Collection