Pair of Braziers (Lu) with Eared Cups (Erbei)

A work made of bronze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of bronze.

Date:

late Western Han or early Eastern Han, 1st century B.C./1st century A.D.

Artist:

China

About this artwork

Eared cups with warming stands were probably used to heat sauces for meat. Each side of these warming stands is cast with one of the Animals of the Four Directions (si shen)—the Green Dragon of the East, the White Tiger of the West, the Black Warrior (tortoise and snake) of the North, and the Red Bird of the South. In Han art, the pervasive appearance of these symbolic animals reflects a desire to center the owner within the favorable influences of the universe.

On View

Asian Art, Gallery 133

Title

Pair of Braziers (Lu) with Eared Cups (Erbei)

Origin

China

Date

99 BC–99 AD

Medium

Bronze

Dimensions

Cup: 3.5 × 12.4 × 10.8 cm (1 3/8 × 4 7/8 × 4 1/4 in.); stand: 9.5 × 24.0 × 12.0 cm (3 3/4 × 9 7/16 × 4 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Lucy Maud Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1930.362

Extended information about this artwork

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