About this artwork
Sumptuously inlaid bronze tubes were designed as fittings for weapons, scepters, and chariots. This bottle-shaped fitting may have formed part of the axel cap for the wheel of a ceremonial chariot. In its remarkable fluency, the inlaid design of volutes and spirals was largely inspired by contemporary lacquer painting.
- Tubular Fitting
- 399 BCE–200 BCE
- Bronze inlaid with gold and silver
- H. 12.1 cm (4 3/4 in.); diam. 4.4 cm (1 11/16 in.)
- Lucy Maud Buckingham Collection