Bucket with Swing Handle

A work made of bronze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of bronze.

Date:

Western Zhou dynasty ( 1046–771 BC ), 1000/950 BCdd

Artist:

China

About this artwork

The handled bucket is described in ancient texts as a vessel for carrying wine. This vessel’s gently sagging profile is sparsely decorated—dragons with detached, hooked trunks are confined to narrow bands around the neck and lid. Contrasting with these abstract designs are more naturalistic rams’ heads at the neck and on the handles, which are sculpted in the round. Such realistic animals appeared as secondary motifs on Shang bronzes but became more prominent during the Western Zhou.

Identical inscriptions are cast inside the bucket and lid: Zi Fu Geng [made for Father Geng of the Zi family]

On View

Asian Art, Gallery 131

Title

Bucket with Swing Handle

Origin

China

Date

1000–950 AD

Medium

Bronze

Dimensions

30.8 × 25.1 cm (12 1/6 × 9 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Lucy Maud Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1927.602

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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