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Wine Warmer (Zun)

A work made of gilt bronze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of gilt bronze.


Western Han dynasty (206 B.C.–A.D. 9), 2nd/1st century B.C.



About this artwork

This type of cylindrical vessel has been identified as a wine warmer (zun) through a similar inscribed example excavated in northern China. The vessel may have been used for a variety of foods or wines, but its short legs indicate that it was probably not designed to be placed over a fire. This metal shape was modeled after early boxes of lacquered wood that served as cosmetic containers (lian).


On View, Gallery 133


Arts of Asia


Wine Warmer (Zun)


China (Artist's nationality)

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206 BCE–9 CE


Gilt bronze


10.9 × 9.5 cm (4 1/4 × 3 3/4 in.); Diam.: 9.5 cm (3 3/4 in.)

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Lucy Maud Buckingham Collection

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