Bird-Shaped Container (zun)

A work made of bronze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of bronze.

Date:

Late Shang dynasty (13th century–1046 B.C.)

Artist:

China

About this artwork

Animal-shaped vessels are the rarest of all Shang ritual bronzes. This creature is a fascinating blend of alert poise and solemn dignity. Whereas the scaled pattern on the neck and tail of this bird suggests feathers, other details are fantastic rather than anatomical. A dragon in profile and a coiled serpent embellish each wing; monster masks crown the head as well as the removable lid on the bird's back.

On View

Asian Art, Gallery 131

Title

Bird-Shaped Container (zun)

Origin

China

Date

1200 BC–1046 BC

Medium

Bronze

Dimensions

H: 6 1/4" × W: 5 1/4" × D: 2 1/4" (15.9cm × 13.3cm × 5.7cm)

Credit Line

Lucy Maud Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1936.139

Extended information about this artwork

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