Monday, May 18, 2009

Jade & Bronze with Gold Inlaid Wine Container Zhou Dynasty

This is one of rarest Wine Container from Zhou Dynasty.
It was used by the Royal Imperial Court to serve the Zhou Kings and princes.

It consist of three materials.
1) Jade
2) Bronze
3) Gold inlaid over the Bronze

Diameter: About 18cm
Height: 24cm
Weight : Less than 1.0Kg

There are two pieces of Jade with different dragon and tiger design.

1st view surface has a darker green Jade.
2nd view surface has a lighter green Jade.

The whole bronze container is over laid with gold. Notice : the gold at the bottom of the base.

The Wine Container cover is made of 100% white Jade. The side of the mouth of the wine container has a design of two ancient dragons.
Again, you can see the 1st view surface of the Jade design

And the 2nd view surface of the other Jade design.

Top view of the Jade cover. It has a design of ancient dragon.

Side view of the wine container. You can see the gold inlaid.

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