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Lot 11: Bronze Vase HU with Metal Inlays and Dragon Handle, Han
October 22, 2016
Berlin, Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
Bronze, metal inlays
China, Han dynasty (206 BC-220 AD)
Bulbous shaped body on a circular, high foot rim
Garlic-shaped neck with inside directed mouth rim
The shoulder with two ring eyelets with a handle with two dragon heads
The wall embellished with revolving bands of metal inlays
The surface with a brownish green patina
This bronze is coated with a wax layer, which serves as protection and should slow down the corrosion process.
Height: c. 24.5 cm
Good condition consistent with age
The bronze is in good condition with usual signs of wear consistent with age. The height is c. 24,5 cm.
The vessel type HU was originally used as a wine container and appears in many variations and modifications. Examples with a squared section are usually referred to as FANGHU. The HU has usually a bulbous, vase-shaped lower part surmounted by a tapering neck. The vessel can be carried by the two ring handles on the sides, which sometimes have the shape of animals. The cover of the vase was also used as a vessel. Since the 5th century metal inlays decorating the exterior were particularly common.
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