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Hou-lou Vessel

Tags: bronzes | National Palace Museum | vessel | Western Han


Western Han period (206 BC-AD 9)
Height: 18.8 cm, weight: 1.62 kg 
The hou-lou is a vessel for wine that was commonly used in the Han dynasty. The name derives as a synonym for the peaks that decorate its cover, the three mountain ridges seen here having been made with great refinement.

Text: Yang Mei-li

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