University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:53-17-1A
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Chinese
Provenience: China
Period: Tang Dynasty
Date Made: 8th Century
Early Date: 700
Late Date: 799
Section:Asian
Materials:Metal
Iconography:Lion
Grapes
Credit Line:Purchased from Yatsuhashi, 1953
Other Number:CG2000-1-229 - Found in Collection Number

Description

White speculum metal with enough legitimate patina to indicate its age, which is also indicated by the type; very white, as they all were, because for symbolic reasons they were quicksilvered. Decoration includes 5 lions representing the 5 directions and the 5 elements; in the outer ring are auspicious birds with grapes and grape leaves; the outermost border is of conventionalized clouds to represent the rim of the dome of the sky. Therefore, the whole is a cosmic diagram.


Current & Past Exhibitions:

Chinese Bronze and Jade (Rotunda Case Exhibit) ( Jul 2001 - 05 Feb 2018) View Objects in Exhibition

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