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Double-Owl Shaped Ritual Wine Vessel


Artist Unknown (China)


12th-11th century B.C.

Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Location On view at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, G216
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: A Catalogue of the Chinese Bronzes in the Alfred F. Pillsbury Collection: End of a Chapter
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Medium: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects, Metalwork | Bronze
Size: 6 5/8 x 5 7/8 in. (16.83 x 14.92 cm)
Creation Place: Asia, China
Culture: Asia, China
Style: 12th-11th century B.C., Yin or early Chou dynasty
Inscriptions: Inscription The inscription is considered unreadable by Lo Chen-yu (San-tai, Volume II, page 5)
Physical Description: Two owls coalesced back to back form a vessel supported by short, stout legs. The bird's body, with wings executed in low relief accented by a few modelling lines, is formed by the belly of the vessel. The domed lid represents the head, with a coarsly mod
Credit: Collection Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Bequest of Alfred F. Pillsbury
Accession Number: 50.46.27a,b
Added to Site: February 28, 2009