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Beaker

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Native Name:
Zun
Object Number:
C352
Current Location:
Collections storage
Culture:
Chinese
Provenience:
China
Period:
Early 20th Century
Date Made:
Early 20th Century
Early Date:
1900
Late Date:
1918
Section:
Asian
Materials:
Copper Alloy
Bronze
Technique:
Cast
Iconography:
Phoenix
Dragons
Tiger
Description:
Libation cup or beaker, zun. Bronze vessel with dark olive green patina and faint traces of green patina. Beaker shape with flaring lip and plain broad base. Decoration on exterior includes conventionalized phoenix birds, kui dragons and cloud and thunder scrolls; and in high relief two tiger head masks. Interior is plain except for inscription of four archaic characters on the bottom, cast with the vessel, "wrought as a precious libation cup." 9 holes drilled on bottom. Most likely a 20th century copy of a Western Zhou Dynasty zun.
Credit Line:
Purchased from C. T. Loo; subscription of Lammot duPont

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Chinese Halls (1941 - 1966)
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Chinese Bronze and Metal-Working (Rotunda Case Exhibit) ( Jan 1987 - Feb 1988)
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Bibliography:

[Article] Jayne, Horace H. F. 1941. The Chinese Collections of The University Museum: A Handbook of the Principal Objects. The University Museum Bulletin. 9 (2-3) : Page/Fig./Plate: Fig. 43
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[Catalogue] 1938. Chinese bronzes of the Shang (1766-1122 B.C.) through the Tang Dynasty (A.D. 618-906) : an exhibition lent by American collectors and museums and shown in gallery D6 from October 19 through November 27. : Page/Fig./Plate: no. 127
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[Article] Bishop, Charles W. 1918. Two Chinese Bronze Vessels. The Museum Journal. Volume IX (No.2): 99-120. : Page/Fig./Plate: Fig. 31,32
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