Wine warmer (Jue)


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.

#8984. Overview: Beginnings of Chinese Civilization- Bronze

Wine warmer (Jue), Bronze, China

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