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Phoenix weight, one of a pair


Artist Unknown (China)


2nd century b.c.

Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Location On view at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, G215
Phoenix weight, one of a pair, Artist Unknown (China)
Phoenix weight, one of a pair: Gallery Label - Current
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Medium: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects, Metalwork | Gilt bronze
Size: 1 3/4 x 2 3/4 x 2 1/2 in. (4.4 x 7 x 6.4 cm)
Creation Place: Asia, China
Culture: Asia, China
Style: Western Han dynasty, 2nd century B.C.
Physical Description: seated bird with head turned toward tail and rested on back; long, curling feathers on wings and tail; details etched into surface; polished gold color with some blue, green and red (azurite, malachite and cuprite) encrustations
Credit: Collection Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Gift of Ruth and Bruce Dayton
Accession Number: 2001.76.1
Added to Site: February 28, 2009