bulb shaped with ring handles; handles held on by hardware with animal-like "face"; incised pattern covers entire vessel; vessle is green with areas of white showing through the pattern

Hu wine vessel, 5th-4th century BCE

Unknown artist, expand_more

Bronzeexpand_more

Gift of Ruth and Bruce Daytonexpand_more  2003.29

G214expand_more

A new trend in bronze decoration emerged during the Warring States period that employed an inlay technique to depict livelier pictorial scenes or abstract designs. This precisely fashioned hu, made during this period of bronze casting, originally had its recessed geometric design inlaid with copper and turquoise. In general, inlaying involved inserting very thin gold, silver, or copper foil thread into a fine line scored on the surface of the bronze. It allowed artisans to create fantastic patterns and images. The technique of embellishing bronze, with turquoise, or more rarely malachite in the early period, occurred as early as the Erlitou culture. It was during the late Spring and Autumn and the Warring States periods, however, that the technique, now encompassing more gold and silver inlay, came into wider use, and the most refined vessels and accessories, such as belt hooks, were made.

Details
Title
Hu wine vessel
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2003.29
Curator Approved

This record has been reviewed by our curatorial staff but may be incomplete. These records are frequently revised and enhanced. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email collectionsdata@artsmia.org.

Does something look wrong with this image? Let us know

bulb shaped with ring handles; handles held on by hardware with animal-like "face"; incised pattern covers entire vessel; vessle is green with areas of white showing through the pattern