Cylindrical Vessel with Cover (lian)

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Historical period(s)
Han dynasty, 1st century BCE-1st century CE
Medium
Bronze with gilding
Dimensions
H x W x D: 13 x 13.4 x 13.6 cm (5 1/8 x 5 1/4 x 5 3/8 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Accession Number
S1987.341a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Metalwork, Vessel
Type

Ritual vessel

Keywords
casting, China, gilding, Han dynasty (206 BCE - 220 CE), incising, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Dr. Arthur M. Sackler 1913-1987

Label

Gilded bronze containers of this type usually held a circular mirror, cosmetics, and toilet articles. While the designs cut into the exterior surface of the lian and its lid are clearly indebted to the inlay patterns of the preceding Eastern Zhou period (770-221 B.C.E.), their linear abstraction is characteristic of Han dynasty (206 B.C.E. -C.E. 220) aesthetic preferences.

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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