early 400s BCE
Bronze with gold inlay
Diameter: 24.1 cm (9 1/2 in.); Diameter of mouth: 10.1 cm (4 in.); Overall: 27.6 cm (10 7/8 in.)
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1929.984
By the time this wine vessel was cast, bronzes were increasingly losing their ritual significance and becoming symbols of prestige and conspicuous consumption. This globular jar (hu) reflects the splendor and luxury of the time. The jar is decorated with free-flowing scrollwork and interlaced zoomorphic motifs. Cast depressions were first made on the bronze surface and then inlaid with gold. A graceful fluidity is achieved by the many sweeping lines, curves, and tendril-like networks covering the round body.
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