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Hu Flask with Standing Bird and Flowers (八瓣華蓋立鳥圓壺)

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Two almost identical items were found. This pair of hu flasks is the finest and most original bronze hu of this tomb. The standing bird and flowers are openwork with ingenious design: the wings of the bird can be taken off, and the entire bird can also be removed from the lid. The body of the flask is inscribed with coiled dragon-like patterns, and four-leaf patterns. The pair of handles is held in the mouths of animal masks attached on the both sides of the flask.

771-221 B.C.

Height 60.5, diameter of belly 32.4 cm.

Tomb M1, Shan-piao-chen, Chi-hsien, Honan



Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica

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