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Vessel (zun)

Period:
late Shang dynasty (ca. 1600–1046 B.C.)
Date:
13th–11th century B.C.
Culture:
China
Medium:
Earthenware with incised and relief decoration
Dimensions:
H. 10 in. (25.4 cm); Diam. 7 3/16 in. (18.3 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1950
Accession Number:
50.61.5
  • Description

    This ritual wine vessel, or zun, is a fine example of ancient Chinese artisanship, dating from the latter part of the Shang dynasty. In earlier years, Shang bronzeworkers had imitated pottery shapes and decoration; later the compliment was returned when pottery began to imitate metalwork. This zun reflects the influence of bronze ware: the shape, the small relief flanges, and bosses on the incised decorative bands are an homage to bronzeworks made on a grander scale.

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