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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.


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



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.


On View, Gallery 132


Arts of Asia


Tubular Fitting


China (Artist's nationality:)

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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.)

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Lucy Maud Buckingham Collection

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