Wine Warmer (Zun)

A work made of gilt bronze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of gilt bronze.

Date:

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

Artist:

China

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

Asian Art, Gallery 133

Title

Wine Warmer (Zun)

Origin

China

Date

206 BC–9 AD

Medium

Gilt bronze

Dimensions

H. 10.9 cm (4 1/4 in.); diam. 9.5 cm (3 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Lucy Maud Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1928.145

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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