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Ih (Ritual Wine Vessel)


Artist Unknown (China)


11th-8th century BCE

Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Location Not on view.
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: New Group of Chinese Bronzes Lent by Mr. Pillsbury
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Medium: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects, Metalwork | Bronze
Size: 6 1/2 x 11 7/8 in. (16.51 x 30.16 cm)
Creation Place: Asia, China
Culture: Asia, China
Style: Middle Chou dynasty, 11th-8th century BCE
Inscriptions: Inscription The t'Ai-shi Tsi ta for the eldest Lady Kiang has made the Ih to be brought along when married; waith it may one sacrifice, may one show filial piety, may one pray for a vigorous old age; may sons and grandsons use it as a great treasure.
Physical Description: The bowl is decorated in flat, band relief two belts with vertical scales below a broad upper belt of S-figures finished at each end with big tufts. These are probably remnants of strongly deformed dragons. At the end of the spout this band terminates in
Credit: Collection Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Bequest of Alfred F. Pillsbury
Accession Number: 50.46.44
Added to Site: February 28, 2009