Wine Flask (Bian Hu)

A work made of bronze with incised decoration.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of bronze with incised decoration.

Date:

Han dynasty (206 B.C.–A.D. 220), 1st century B.C./A.D.

Artist:

China

About this artwork

This unusual variation of the canteen-shaped container is lightly chiseled with a combination of geometric patterns, birds, and gazelle-like creatures. The distinctive technique and style of surface decoration seen on this vessel associate it with bronzes excavated in far southern China, near modern Vietnam. Under occupation by Han rulers, bronze foundries in this frontier area produced intriguing bronzes in which Chinese styles are blended with those of the native, non-Chinese tribes.

On View

Asian Art, Gallery 132

Title

Wine Flask (Bian Hu)

Origin

China

Date

99 BC–100 AD

Medium

Bronze with incised decoration

Dimensions

22.5 × 26.3 × 8.3 cm (8 7/8 × 10 3/8 × 3 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Lucy Maud Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1937.122

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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