About this artwork
Animal-shaped vessels are the rarest of all Shang ritual bronzes. This creature is a fascinating blend of alert poise and solemn dignity. Whereas the scaled pattern on the neck and tail of this bird suggests feathers, other details are fantastic rather than anatomical. A dragon in profile and a coiled serpent embellish each wing; monster masks crown the head as well as the removable lid on the bird’s back.
- Bird-Shaped Container (zun)
- Made 1200 BCE–1046 BCE
- H: 6 1/4" × W: 5 1/4" × D: 2 1/4" (15.9cm × 13.3cm × 5.7cm)
- Lucy Maud Buckingham Collection