26 octobre 2016

Bell (Zhong), Eastern Zhou dynasty, Spring and Autumn period (770–476 B.C.), early 5th century B.C.

Bell (Zhong), Eastern Zhou dynasty, Spring and Autumn period (770–476 B.C.), early 5th century B.C. Bronze. H. 15 in. (38.3 cm); W. 9 5/8 in. (24.4 cm); D. 7 in. (17.8 cm); Charlotte C. and John C. Weber Collection, Gift of Charlotte C. and John C. Weber through the Live Oak Foundation, 1988, 1988.20.7. © 2000–2016 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Sets of bells were an important aspect of Zhou bronze production. They were used in musical accompaniment for ritual ceremonies and for less solemn occasions.... [Lire la suite]

26 octobre 2016

Grain Serving Vessel (Dou), Eastern Zhou dynasty, Spring and Autumn period (770–476 B.C.), late 6th–early 5th century BC

Grain Serving Vessel (Dou), Eastern Zhou dynasty, Spring and Autumn period (770–476 B.C.), late 6th–early 5th century BC. Bronze. H. 10 1/2 in. (26.7 cm); Diam. of foot 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm); Diam. of rim 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm); Rogers Fund, 1925, 25.20.2a, b. © 2000–2016 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  A subtle all-over pattern of interwoven bands complements the graceful shape of this vessel, which is further adorned by the four nearly naturalistic feline handles.
26 octobre 2016

Ritual wine container in the shape of a buffalo (Xizun), Eastern Zhou dynasty, Spring and Autumn period (770–476 B.C.), early 5t

Ritual wine container in the shape of a buffalo (Xizun), Eastern Zhou dynasty, Spring and Autumn period (770–476 B.C.), early 5th century BC. Bronze. H. 13 1/4 in. (33.7 cm); D. 5 in. (12.7 cm); L. 23 1/8 in. (58.7 cm); Wt. 23.7 lb. (10.8 kg), Shanghai Museum.