Wine Vessel (Zun) (Primary Title)
商 饕餮紋銅尊 (Translation)

Unknown (Artist)

13th-11th century BC
Chinese
Containers-Vessels
Metalwork
Bronze
China
Overall: 12 × 9 1/2 in. (30.48 × 24.13 cm)
57.45.14
The surface of this vessel is decorated with zoomorphic motifs in various registers, including dragons, birds, frogs, and animal masks, known as taotie, against a background filled with a fine spiral pattern. Either mythological or supernatural, these creatures might have derived from family totems.
Shang dynasty (1600 - 1045 BC)
Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund
January 21 – February 21, 1975, Bayly Art Museum – University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
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