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.
- Tubular Fitting
- China (Artist's nationality)
- 399 BCE–200 BCE
- Bronze inlaid with gold and silver
- 12.1 × 4.4 cm (4 3/4 × 1 11/16 in.); Diam.: 4.4 cm (1 11/16 in.)
- Lucy Maud Buckingham Collection