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Tubular Fitting

A work made of bronze inlaid with gold and silver.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of bronze inlaid with gold and silver.

Date:

Eastern Zhou dynasty, Warring States period (480–221 B.C.), 4th/3rd century B.C.

Artist:

China

About this artwork

Sumptuously inlaid bronze tubes were designed as fittings for weapons, scepters, and chariots. This bottle-shaped fitting may have formed part of the axel cap for the wheel of a ceremonial chariot. In its remarkable fluency, the inlaid design of volutes and spirals was largely inspired by contemporary lacquer painting.

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Arts of Asia, Gallery 132

Title

Tubular Fitting

Origin

China

Date

399 BCE–200 BCE

Medium

Bronze inlaid with gold and silver

Dimensions

H. 12.1 cm (4 3/4 in.); diam. 4.4 cm (1 11/16 in.)

Credit Line

Lucy Maud Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1945.212

Extended information about this artwork

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