- Gallery Text
As its name implies, the Warring States period (475–221 BCE) was an era during which various states that were ruled by powerful clans competed for supremacy in China. The high demand for luxury goods to furnish the tombs of wealthy nobles enabled numerous artistic traditions to flourish, resulting in an array of ornate artifacts from this period and the subsequent Han dynasty (206 BCE–220 CE). Bronze vessels continued to be commissioned by the ruling elite during both eras, but the addition of gold and intricate openwork designs (here seen on the gilt bronze pedestaled dou and the small openwork pou vessels) transformed this previously austere tradition into a more decorative artistic craft. Jade containers made in shapes traditionally used for bronze or lacquer vessels (such as the three exhibited here) were the epitome of ostentation, as there was no better way to demonstrate wealth than to reproduce a luxury item in a more expensive medium.
- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
- Pouring Vessel in the Form of a Standing Quadruped with Hinged Cover in the Form of a Duck
- Work Type
- 206 BCE - 220 CE
- Creation Place: East Asia, China
- Han dynasty, 206 BCE-220 CE
- Persistent Link
Level 1, Room 1600, Early Chinese Art, Arts of Ancient China from the Bronze Age to the Golden Age
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- Physical Descriptions
- Cast bronze with inlays of turquoise, sheet gold and silver, and copper wire
- H. 27.8 x W. 39 x D. 14.9 cm (10 15/16 x 15 3/8 x 5 7/8 in.)
- [Yamanaka & Co., New York, October 2, 1914] sold; to Grenville L. Winthrop, New York (1914-1943), bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1943.
- Acquisition and Rights
- Credit Line
- Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
- Accession Year
- Object Number
- Asian and Mediterranean Art
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- Exhibition History
S427: Ancient Chinese Bronzes and Jades, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 10/20/1985 - 04/30/2008
32Q: 1600 Early China II, Harvard Art Museums, 11/16/2014 - 01/01/2050
- Subjects and Contexts
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