Beaker

A work made of bronze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of bronze.

Date:

Shang dynasty ( about 1600–1050 BC )

Artist:

China

About this artwork

This elegantly dignified vessel displays the taut, slender profile and crisply cast surface decoration that distinguishes the finest bronzes made for late Shang royalty. Long tapered blades above a band of serpents encircle the wide, trumpet-mouthed neck. Monster masks (taotie) with angular horns surround the middle section. All motifs are organized in clearly defined quadrants, which are divided by striated flanges and reserved against a background of finely squared spirals.

On View

Asian Art, Gallery 131

Title

Beaker

Origin

China

Date

1600 BC–1050 BC

Medium

Bronze

Dimensions

H. 31.2 × diam. 17.5 cm (12 1/4 × 6 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Lucy Maud Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1937.2

Extended information about this artwork

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