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Vessel in the Shape of a Waterfowl

Southern Song dynasty (1127–1279)
12th–13th century
Bronze with gold and silver inlay
H. 5 1/2 (14 cm); W. 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm); L. 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of John L. Cadwalader, 1914
Accession Number:
Not on view
Vessels in the shape of waterfowl are known from before the Han dynasty (206 B.C.–A.D. 220). During the eleventh century, this form was revived as part of a widespread interest in antiquarianism and, in particular, in early vessels in bronze and clay. The date of this vessel derives from a comparison to one such illustrated in a twelfth century compendium of antiquities and is reinforced by the fluidity of the inlaid decoration, which becomes more rigid and geometric over time.
John L. Cadwalader (until d. 1914, bequeathed to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Red and Black: Chinese Lacquer, 13th–16th Century," September 7, 2011–June 10, 2012.

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