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西周 青銅方彜
Rectangular Wine Container (Fangyi)

Period:
Western Zhou dynasty (1046–771 B.C.)
Date:
mid-10th century B.C.
Culture:
China
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
H. 11 in. (27.9 cm); W. 6 in. (15.2 cm); D. 7 in. (17.8 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1943
Accession Number:
43.24.5a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 207
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).
Marking: A composite character is cast on the floor of the vessel and on the inside of the lid: "Fu" (name in the center) and "mian" (designation of rank, on either side).
Reportedly Henan Province

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