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Water Ewer (He)

A work made of bronze with copper inlay.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of bronze with copper inlay.

Date:

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

Artist:

China

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.

Status

On View, Gallery 132

Department

Arts of Asia

Title

Water Ewer (He)

Place

China (Artist's nationality)

Date

Artist's working dates 399 BCE–300 BCE

Medium

Bronze with copper inlay

Dimensions

H. 25.4 cm (10 1/8 in.) diam. 21.0 cm (8 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Lucy Maud Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1930.366

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