Artist unknown / Ritual Wine Vessel / late  4th century B.C.Artist unknown
Ritual Wine Vessel
late 4th century B.C.

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Creator Name: artist unknown
Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Chinese; Henanese
Creator Role: Sculptor
Creator Name-CRT: Artist unknown
Title: Ritual Wine Vessel
View: front
Creation Start Date: -33
Creation End Date: -30
Creation Date: late 4th century B.C.
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Bronze
Materials and Techniques: bronze, silver, gold, copper
Dimensions: H.9-3/4 x W.12-1/2 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 50.46.112
Credit Line: Bequest of Alfred F. Pillsbury

This exquisitely crafted vessel ranks amongst the world's finest examples of late Chou dynasty inlaid bronzes. As religious beliefs changed, ritual bronzes became less sacred and more profane in use and decoration. By the late Chou period, a secularization of bronze ornament had occurred. The sacred masks and symbolic animal motifs of Shang and Western Chou were increasingly replaced with abstract surface ornament such as "hook and comma" patterns, granulation or, as in this case, metallic inlay. This splendid geometric, brocade-like pattern of gold and silver inlay was done to delight the eye rather than inspire religious reverence.

AMICA ID: MIA_.50.46.112
Component Measured: overall
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights: ? The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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