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Lot 8: Metal-Inlaid Bronze Ritual Vessel FANGHU and Cover, Han Dynasty
22 October 2016
Berlin, Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
Bronze, metal inlays
China, Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD)
Provenance: Property of a French noble man, in the family collection since at least 1967
Faceted pear-shaped body raised on a slightly flared foot
Accentuated shoulder with a rectangular neck and matching cover
The four corners with small projecting pierced flanges in the shape of dragons
The concave cover with four pendant dragon ornaments at the corners
The exterior decorated with stylized figural scenes
The neck with inscription on all sides
The surface with a blackish green lacquer patina
Height: c. 39 cm
Condition consistent with age
The jar is in good condition with wear consistent with age. Small material losses to the edges. The height measures c. 39 cm.
The vessel type HU was originally used as a wine container and appears in many variations and modifications. Examples with a squared section are usually referred to as FANGHU. The HU has usually a bulbous, vase-shaped lower part surmounted by a tapering neck. The vessel can be carried by the two ring handles on the sides, which sometimes have the shape of animals. The cover of the vase was also used as a vessel. Since the 5th century metal inlays decorating the exterior were particularly common.
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