This extremely rare bronze wine container is inlayed with silver, gold and copper. The total surface is covered with cupric oxides due to extended burial. The back as well as both sides of the object depicts coiled serpents and archaic style birds, while the chest shows an inlaid mythical horn animal against a lewien pattern ground. The removable head is also inlayed with gold and silver giving the appearance of layered feathers. From the Warring states period (475-221BC)
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The Metropolitan Museum item on left : a ritual wine beaker, bronze inlaid with pigment - China, Shang dynasty, early An-yang period, 13th century BCE. item on right : a spouted ritual wine cup, bronze - China. Shang dynasty, An-yang period, 12th century BCE.