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Grain Vessel (Gui)

A work made of bronze.
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  • A work made of bronze.

Date:

Late Shang/early Western Zhou dynasty, 11th century B.C.

Artist:

China

About this artwork

A monster mask (taotie) spreads boldly across this vessel, conforming to its bulging contour. While showing some stylistic features of slightly earlier manufacture, this vessel’s heavy handles and the spiny dragons beneath the mouth rim are characteristic of bronzes of the early Western Zhou dynasty (c. 1050-771 B.C.).

The cruciform emblem enclosing the top character of the inscription is read ya. This emblem is thought to bear some relation to family names, although its exact meaning remains problematic.

Status

On View, Gallery 131

Department

Arts of Asia

Title

Grain Vessel (Gui)

Origin

China

Date

1100 BCE–1000 BCE

Medium

Bronze

Dimensions

H. 17.5 × diam. 23 cm (6 3/4 × 9 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Lucy Maud Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1926.1827

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