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Gilt Beast-footed Tsun with Mountain Design

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


Eastern Han
Height: 19.6 cm, weight: 2.89 kg 
The tsun was the main wine vessel used in the Han dynasty, its production and decoration often being quite refined. The surface of this vessel was gilt, and its outer decoration composed of images of spirits, auspicious beasts, and winged (immortal) figures, representing paradise as envisioned by people in the Han dynasty.

Text: Yang Mei-li

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