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  • Vessel (zun), late Shang dynasty (ca. 1600–1050 b.c.), 13th–11th century b.c.
    Probably from Anyang, Henan Province, China
    Earthenware with incised and relief decoration; H. 10 in. (25.4 cm)
    Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1950 (50.61.5)

    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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  • Vessel (zun), late Shang dynasty (ca. 1600–1050 B.C.), 13th–11th century B.C.
    Probably from Anyang, Henan Province, China
    Earthenware with incised and relief decoration; H. 10 in. (25.4 cm)
    Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1950 (50.61.5)

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