Rectangular Cauldron

A work made of bronze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

Image actions

  • A work made of bronze.

Date:

Shang dynasty ( about 1600–1046 BC ), 12th/11th century

Artist:

China

About this artwork

Unlike most bronze vessels whose shapes were derived from prehistoric ceramic forms, this type of rectangular container was invented by Shang bronze artisans. Each side features a pair of profile birds with long, trailing tailfeathers. The black material in sunken areas of this design contains carbon. This filler is common to many Shang bronzes and seems to have been deliberately applied after casting in order to emphasize the surface decoration.

Currently Off View

Asian Art

Title

Rectangular Cauldron

Origin

China

Date

1600 BC–1050 BC

Medium

Bronze

Dimensions

17.0 × 14.2 cm (6 5/8 × 5 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

Lucy Maud Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1938.1115

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 .

Share

Sign up for our enewsletter to receive updates.

Learn more

Image actions

Share