The form of this vessel is the usual broad type with oval section, but the exaggeratedly high collar of the lid, topped by a spherical knob, adds to the impression of height. The decor, disposed in three belts foot, neck, and lid, displays dragons with S-shaped bodies, turned heads, and large S-shaped crests (or horns?). The neck belt is divided in two panels on the long side by a free animal's head, the foot and rim belts by very shallow lines in low relief representing flanges. The handle ends in animals' heads with bottle horns. For a discussion of this type of horn see Karlgren, number 17 (50.46.18ab). Patina green and blue-green.

You wine vessel, 10th-9th century BCE

Unknown artist, expand_more

Bronzeexpand_more

Bequest of Alfred F. Pillsburyexpand_more  50.46.18a,b

G214expand_more

This is a typically shaped you vessel with an oval cross section, but the exaggerated high collar of the lid, topped by a spherical knob, gives it an impression of height. The decoration, divided into three bands at the foot, neck, and lid, displays dragons with S-shaped bodies, turned heads, and large S-shaped crests or horns. The neck belt is divided into two panels by a three-dimensional animal’s head and the foot and lid belts by very shallow lines in low relief representing flanges. The handle ends in animals’ heads with bottle-shaped horns.

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Title
You wine vessel
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Artist
Accession Number
50.46.18a,b
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The form of this vessel is the usual broad type with oval section, but the exaggeratedly high collar of the lid, topped by a spherical knob, adds to the impression of height. The decor, disposed in three belts foot, neck, and lid, displays dragons with S-shaped bodies, turned heads, and large S-shaped crests (or horns?). The neck belt is divided in two panels on the long side by a free animal's head, the foot and rim belts by very shallow lines in low relief representing flanges. The handle ends in animals' heads with bottle horns. For a discussion of this type of horn see Karlgren, number 17 (50.46.18ab). Patina green and blue-green.