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.

On View

Asian Art, Gallery 132

Title

Flask (bianhu)

Origin

China

Date

475 BC–221 BC

Medium

Bronze inlaid with copper

Dimensions

36.3 × 34.0 × 11.0 cm (14 5/16 × 13 3/8 × 4 5/16 in.)

Credit Line

Lucy Maud Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1937.1

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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