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Pair of Han Bronze Hus - H.047b
Origin: China
Circa: 206 BC to 220 AD

Collection: Chinese
Medium: Bronze

Location: United States
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Called Hu in Chinese, these bronze urns were used as water or wine vessels. They are shaped with an ovoid body, slender neck, and flared footing. Three molded bands encircle the vessels, giving the appearance of a "sectioned body." On the upper band, two small circular handles are attached. Both vessels are covered with greenish patina and incrustation.   

By the Han Dynasty, the Hu had become a standard form of bronzeware, described in scholarly and practical handbooks and manuals. Variations on this theme led to many beautiful creations, such as this piece, which has a high swell and elongated body.
- (H.047b)


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