University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Native NameZun
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: Early 20th Century
Section:Asian
Materials:Copper Alloy
Bronze
Technique:Cast
Iconography:Phoenix
Dragons
Tiger
Inscription Language:Chinese Language
Height: 24.13 cm
Outside Diameter:20.95 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from C. T. Loo; Subscription of Lammot duPont, 1918

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.


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

Bibliography:

[Article] Jayne, Horace H. F.. 1941. "The Chinese Collections of The University Museum: A Handbook of the Principal Objects". The University Museum Bulletin.. Philadelphia. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Vol. 9. no. 2-3. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Fig. 43View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[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... New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. pg. xxxii, 29, [1] p. 2 l. illus., plates. 22 cm. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: no. 127View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Bishop, Carl W.. 1918. "Two Chinese Bronze Vessels". The Museum Journal.. Philadelphia. University of Pennsylvania Museum. Vol. IX. no. No.2. pg. 99-120 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Fig. 31,32View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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