This small spouted wine ewer (gong) is remarkable for its extensive use of turquoise inlay to accentuate the features of various fantastic animals in the decoration—a small feline head on the handle, a large horned animal face over the spout, and a coiled dragon body on the lid. The brightness of the gemstones, arranged in diamond lozenge patterns, creates a dramatic contrast with the unadorned body of the ewer.
[Zhixin Jason Sun, Ancient Chinese Bronzes in the Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Orientations, March 2015]
Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc. , New York, 1985; donated to MMA
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of Ancient China," 2005.