The KULENOVIC  C o l l e c t i o n

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Bronze (gild) ritual vessel,  
Shang Dynasty,- China,  
Anyang, Henan Province 
12th century BC

Possibly from Hunan province, southern China 
Shang dynasty, 13th-12th century BC

This bronze ritual wine vessel (zun) takes the form of a pair of rams supporting a jar. Southern China borrowed the Shang-dynasty form of bronze casting and also the practice of making wine vessels. However, the forms and styles of decoration were often quite distinct from the metropolitan types, and realistic creatures such as these are an example of provincial tastes and skills.