About this artwork
This canteen-shaped container was probably modeled after leather flasks designed to be slung from the shoulder by cords. The bricklike pattern of inlaid copper may allude to this cord wrapping. A stamp carved with a pattern of feather-curls was repeatedly impressed into the clay mold to create this intricate surface decoration.
- Flask (bianhu)
- Made 475 BCE–221 BCE
- Bronze inlaid with copper
- 36.3 × 34.0 × 11.0 cm (14 5/16 × 13 3/8 × 4 5/16 in.)
- Lucy Maud Buckingham Collection