About this artwork
This type of cylindrical vessel has been identified as a wine warmer (zun) through a similar inscribed example excavated in northern China. The vessel may have been used for a variety of foods or wines, but its short legs indicate that it was probably not designed to be placed over a fire. This metal shape was modeled after early boxes of lacquered wood that served as cosmetic containers (lian).
- Wine Warmer (Zun)
- 206 BC–9 AD
- Gilt bronze
- H. 10.9 cm (4 1/4 in.); diam. 9.5 cm (3 3/4 in.)
- Lucy Maud Buckingham Collection