Jan 13, 2022
Jan 13, 2022
Jan 13, 2022

Wine Vessel (Hu)

Wine Vessel (Hu)

c. 1000–900 BC

Part of a set. See all set records


Overall: 46.1 cm (18 1/8 in.); without cover: 41.7 cm (16 7/16 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1944.61.a

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The cylindrical "handles" suggest that the vessel was carried by a cord.


This tall, slender bronze wine vessel, called a hu, has three bands of ornamentation: one above the foot, one around the neck, and one on the cover. Stylized birds or phoenixes are in the band around the neck, while the band on the cover and foot feature geometric dragons. The dragon and the phoenix may represent the Yin and Yang and would be equally appropriate on a bronze of either secular or religious purposes. When inverted, the cover forms a cup. It likely held liquids like wine at festive banquets or religious ceremonies.

See also
Chinese Art
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