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Ritual wine vessel, or zun, with animal mask decoration

  • loan



  • zun

    A Chinese bronze ritual liquid vessel.


    • currently in research collection

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  • The Barlow Collection by the University of Sussex

    The Barlow Collection

    The pear-shaped vessel has a trumpet-shaped neck and an outward curved foot. The shoulder is cast with a low-relief band of long-tailed birds confronted around high-relief animal masks. The birds have prominent eyes, long curved beaks, curled crests and elaborate tails stylized into scroll motifs, all on a scrollwork (leiwen) ground. The masks are depicted with eyes, pointed snout, ears and curled horns. The bronze surface is dark brown with asomewhat glossy, dark emerald-green patina in places.

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