Rectangular Wine Container (Fangyi)
- Western Zhou dynasty (1046–771 B.C.)
- mid-10th century B.C.
- H. 11 in. (27.9 cm); W. 6 in. (15.2 cm); D. 7 in. (17.8 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Rogers Fund, 1943
- Accession Number:
- 43.24.5a, b
During the early Western Zhou dynasty, coherent animal mask images morphed into increasingly abstract patterns defined by curving, ribbon-like lines.
A composite character is cast both on the interior of the vessel and on the inside of the lid: “Fu” (name, in the center) and “mian” (designation of rank, on either side).