Grain serving vessel (gui)


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 207

This vessel is notable in that all of the ornamental decoration—except for the animal head handles—has been stripped away in favor of a bold design of horizontal fluting. The same twelve-character inscription is cast on the interiors of the vessel and its lid: “The Earl of San made this precious gui for Ji of Zhe. May it be perpetually used for tens and thousands of years.”

Grain serving vessel (gui), Bronze, China

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