Wine Vessel (Zun) in the Form of a Goose
On View: Asian Galleries, West, 2nd floor (China)
Used for pouring wine, this goose-shaped bronze vessel is stylistically different from earlier ritual bronzes in the expressive naturalism of the animal form. A similar vessel is recorded in the collection of the Northern Song emperor Huizong (ruled 1101–25) and illustrated in the catalogue of his imperial collection, first printed around 1125. Chinese artisans of later dynasties followed the catalogue's illustrations to create archaistic goose-shaped vessels, but few succeeded in replicating the lively, sculptural qualities of this ancient work.
206 B.C.E.-220 C.E.
11 1/2 x 6 3/16 x 17 1/2 in. (29.2 x 15.7 x 44.5 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alastair B. Martin, the Guennol Collection
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Wine Vessel (Zun) in the Form of a Goose, 206 B.C.E.-220 C.E. Bronze, 11 1/2 x 6 3/16 x 17 1/2 in. (29.2 x 15.7 x 44.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alastair B. Martin, the Guennol Collection, 54.145a-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 54.145a-b_SL1.jpg)
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Pouring vessel in the shape of a goose in an aggressive posture with its wings partially spread. The vessel was used for the heating and pouring of wine. The handle rises from the backs of two partial lion figures. Incised lines indicate the eyes and feathers of the bird.
Although here attributed to the Han dynasty, certain aspects of the vessel's form (most notably the lions) suggest a later date, perhaps to the Tang dynasty, when lion forms were frequently borrowed from Central Asian traditions. Likewise, the incising (which was added after the casting of the overall form) is more typical of Tang bronzes.
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