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商 青銅爵
Wine Vessel (Jue)

Period:
Shang dynasty (ca. 1600–1046 B.C.)
Date:
ca. 15th century B.C.
Culture:
China
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
H. 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm); W. with spout 6 1/8 in. (15.6 cm); D. with handle 2 3/4 in. (7 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork
Credit Line:
Purchase, Bequest of Dorothy Graham Bennett, 2003
Accession Number:
2003.432
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 207
Every ancient Chinese bronze thus far discovered was cast using a complex pottery section-mold—a Chinese invention. But this vessel’s shape—angular, with a thin-walled body, a rim that appears “folded over,” and a “strap” handle—implies an earlier hammered sheet-metal mode of manufacture that might have been introduced from western Asia, where bronze metallurgy developed two thousand years before it appeared in China.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of Ancient China," 2005.

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