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Lot 12: Metal-Inlaid Bronze Vase HU 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
Bulbous pear-shaped body on a circular foot rim
Flared neck surmounted by a matching cover with stylized bird ring finials
The side with taotie masks holding ring handles
The exterior embellished with a richly detailed archaic pattern and depiction of animals
The surface with a brownish-black patina
Height: c. 30 cm
Good condition consistent with age
The bronze is in good condition with wear consistent with age with small holes in the wall. The height is c. 30 cm.
The vessel type HU was originally used as a wine container and appears in many variations and modifications. The HU has usually a bulbous, vase-shaped lower part and a neck which tapers generally upwards. The vessel can be carried by the two ring eyelets on the sides and if a cover is availible, it was also used as a vessel. The handles can also have the shape of animals and since the 5th century metal deposits as a decoration on the wall were very popular.
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