About this artwork
Whereas this type of water ewer is found together with wine vessels in tombs of the Shang period, it typically appears with a shallow water basin (pan) in Zhou tombs. This change in burial context suggests a change in function—from a vessel used to dilute wine to one used to pour ablutions. In this imaginative, finely cast example, various creatures assume different parts: bird-men (or men with birdlike headdresses) form the legs; a bird’s head acts as the spout; and on the lid, a small monkey grasps a chain linked to a feline animal whose broadly arched back forms the handle.
- Water Ewer (He)
- China (Artist's nationality)
- Artist's working dates 399 BCE–300 BCE
- Bronze with copper inlay
- H. 25.4 cm (10 1/8 in.) diam. 21.0 cm (8 1/4 in.)
- Lucy Maud Buckingham Collection