Detail View: National Palace English: Bronze Square Lei vessel with copper inlay

Work ID: 
M01B00065
Title: 
Bronze Square Lei vessel with copper inlay
Start Year Date: 
B.C.481
End Year Date: 
B.C.221
Dynasty: 
10 Warring States Period (481~221 B.C)
Creation Place: 
China
Measurements: 
Height: 33.5 cm; Weight: 17300g
Material: 
Bronze
Form: 
Lei (wine vessel)
Type: 
Bronzes
Repository: 
The National Palace Museum, Taipei
Description: 
This vessel has a square mouth and a square foot. Four sides of the belly bulge out and taper down toward the bottom. Attached to each of the four shoulders is a lug handle. The body is large and heavy, which is designed to contain wine. The rim of the vessel is decorated with repeat diamond patterns, and the body is decorated with zoomorphic bird and gui dragons. Since the bodies of both animals are already geometricized, some appear as square hooks and others as spiral curves. The interlacing of lines weaves fluidly like spiral cloud patterns. At the same time, all the designs are inlaid with small and thin pieces of red copper plates. This is a detailed and tedious technique especially popular in the Spring and Autumn period.
ImageV ID: 
M01B00065AS001
Rights: 
Lee & Lee Communications