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Native NameLei
Object Number: C351A
Current Location: China Gallery
Currently On Display
Provenience: China
Period: Shang Dynasty
Date Made: Shang Dynasty
Early Date: -1600
Late Date: -1046
Materials:Copper Alloy
Height: 45.7cm
Outside Diameter:37cm
Credit Line:Purchased from C. T. Loo; Subscription of Lammot duPont, 1918


Wine jar (Lei). Bronze with considerable green patina. Covered jar of heavy rugged form and decoration. Divided vertically from knob of cover to bottom of base by 3 notched flanges dividing the jar into 3 equal vertical sections each of which is divided down the center by a similar flange which is, however, broken at the shoulder by a highly conventionalized animal head moulded in the round. Relief patterns on surface. No inscription.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Chinese Halls (1941 - 1966)View Objects in Exhibition
Chinese Bronze and Metal-Working (Rotunda Case Exhibit) ( Jan 1987 - Feb 1988)View Objects in Exhibition
Chinese Bronze and Jade (Rotunda Case Exhibit) ( Jul 2001)View Objects in Exhibition


[Book] Dorling Kindersley Limited. 2014. History of the World in 1,000 Objects. : Page/Fig./Plate: Page 53 Bottom rightView Objects cited in this Publication
[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)View Objects cited in this Publication
[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.View Objects cited in this Publication
[Article] Bishop, Charles W. 1918. Two Chinese Bronze Vessels. The Museum Journal. Volume IX (No.2): 99-120.View Objects cited in this Publication

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