Bronze bottle with chain

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Origin
China
Period
Western Han Dynasty, 206 BC - 25 AD
Material
Bronze
Height
41 cm
Diameter
24 cm

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Description

The globular lower body rises from a tall, flared foot, to a slender neck decorated with ridges at mid-height and terminating in a bulbous head with a cover. At mid height a taotie mask with a ring. On the sides of the neck two more taotie masks with a chain with a dragon-shaped handle. It is most unusual to see this type of vessel with a chain and cover. The surface of the bronze bottle has a malachite-green patina.

Bottles of this shape, but without the chain and cover, became popular during the Warring States (475 - 221 BC) and stayed in fashion throughout the Han Dynasty. They were used for ceremonial wine. Before this type, the ‘garlic-head’ vase was popular in this region. 

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