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Hu Vase
Period: Han Dynasty, late second century BC
Culture: Chinese
Material: Painted bronze
Dimensions: 19.5 cm H
 
Hu Vase
Hu Vase
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Hu Vase
Hu Vase
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This handsome wine vessel exemplifies the technical control and aesthetic sensibilities found in Han Dynasty inlaid bronzes. Its sturdy shape is lightened by the decorative bands that ring a rather substantial belly. The clear profile and beautifully ornamented painted surface are further enhanced by a rich, multi-colored patina. The flowing shape and lyrically sinuous curve of its silhouette make a forceful statement that reflects the highest level of workmanship and aesthetic achievement. Equipped with a slightly domical, disk-shaped lid with center ring and two ring handles at the sides, this hu is an opulent example of a traditional vessel form.

Provenance

Private Collection (B.K.), New York, 1970s.
T.D., New York, 1980s-1990s.