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Bucket with Swing Handle

A work made of bronze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of bronze.


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



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, Gallery 131


Arts of Asia


Bucket with Swing Handle


China (Artist's nationality:)

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1000 BCE–950 BCE




30.8 × 25.1 cm (12 3/16 × 9 7/8 in.)

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Lucy Maud Buckingham Collection

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