Bronze in National Palace Museum, Late Western Zhou dynasty BC857-828
Welcome to the National Palace Museum's collection of bronze artifacts from the Late Western Zhou dynasty! These pieces are some of the most beautiful and intricate works of art from this period, and they provide us with a unique insight into the culture and customs of this time. You will find vessels such as the Hu wine vessel of Song, Mao-kung Ting, Bell of Zong-zhou, Pan water vessel of San and Xu food container of Le Ji-xian. Each of these pieces has its own unique story to tell, and we hope you enjoy exploring them today!
1. Hu wine vessel of Song
This wine vessel would have been used for important occasions. It is big and has many layers of decoration, making it look very fancy. The same 152-character long inscription can be found on the vessel's lid and inside its body.
2. Mao-kung Ting
This "ting" cauldron has a wide, flared mouth, a linked ring motif decorating the rim, upright handles, and three hoofed feet.
3. Bell of Zong-zhou
This flat oval yong bell has a closed tile shape and 18 mei bosses on either side. Its crown is decorated with cloud patterns, and the waist is adorned with diagonal S-shaped twin kui dragon patterns.
4. Pan water vessel of San
This water vessel was used to store water and other liquids. It has an inscription on the inside that is 350 characters long. The text on the inscription details the land transferred as well as the names and ranks of officials involved in the enforcement of the agreement.
5. Xu food container of Le Ji-xian
The vessel was commissioned by Le Ji-xian to be cherished forever by all future generations.