Spouted Wine Vessel (Gong)

Period: Shang dynasty (ca. 1600–1046 B.C.)

Date: 13th century B.C.

Culture: China (Henan Province, possibly Anyang)

Medium: Bronze

Dimensions: H. 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm)

Classification: Metalwork

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1943

Accession Number: 43.25.4


Every surface of this vessel is animated with fantastic creatures: an owl-like bird with coiled serpent wings dominates the body while another bird forms the handle. Felines, dragons, and fish fill the spaces in between.