Food Container (Gui)

Food Container (Gui)

600-500 BC

Bronze

Overall: 34.3 x 44.5 cm (13 1/2 x 17 1/2 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1974.73

Description

Openwork and sculptural designs elaborately transform the silhouette of this gui, a ritual food vessel with a square pedestal. The design exudes motion, exuberance, and baroque characters to a stately vessel form. Lotus-petal openwork encircles the cover, reinforcing the linear rhythms of the undulating wave patterns on the body. Two lively dragons, with eyes and mouth wide open and tongue straight out, are accompanied by two felines to form the arched handles.

See also
Department: 
Chinese Art
Type of artwork: 
Metalwork
Medium: 
Bronze

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