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西周 青銅簋
Grain Serving Vessel (Gui)

Period:
Western Zhou dynasty (1046–771 B.C.)
Date:
early 9th century B.C.
Culture:
China
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
H. 9 in. (22.9 cm); W. 13 in. (33 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork
Credit Line:
Charlotte C. and John C. Weber Collection, Gift of Charlotte C. and John C. Weber through the Live Oak Foundation, 1988
Accession Number:
1988.20.3a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 207
This vessel is notable in that all of the ornamental decoration—except for the animal head handles—has been stripped away in favor of a bold design of horizontal fluting. The same twelve-character inscription is cast on the interiors of the vessel and its lid: “The Earl of San made this precious gui for Ji of Zhe. May it be perpetually used for tens and thousands of years.”
Inscription: The same twelve characters are cast on the floor of the vessel and on the inside of the lid: San bo zuo nie ji bao gui qi wan nian yong yong [The Earl of San made this precious gui for Ji of Nie. May it be perpetually used for myriad years].
Reportedly Fengxiang County, Shaanxi Province

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