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Flask (bianhu)

A work made of bronze inlaid with copper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of bronze inlaid with copper.

Date:

Eastern Zhou dynasty, Warring States period (475–221 B.C.)

Artist:

China

About this artwork

This canteen-shaped container was probably modeled after leather flasks designed to be slung from the shoulder by cords. The bricklike pattern of inlaid copper may allude to this cord wrapping. A stamp carved with a pattern of feather-curls was repeatedly impressed into the clay mold to create this intricate surface decoration.

Status

On View, Gallery 132

Department

Arts of Asia

Title

Flask (bianhu)

Place

China (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 475 BCE–221 BCE

Medium

Bronze inlaid with copper

Dimensions

36.3 × 34 × 11 cm (14 5/16 × 13 3/8 × 4 5/16 in.)

Credit Line

Lucy Maud Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1937.1

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