Other Bronze in National Palace Museum, part2
Welcome to the National Palace Museum's collection of other bronze artifacts from the past! This collection features some of the most beautiful and intricate pieces of art from China's imperial era. You will find mirrors with geometric patterns, protrusions, the Four Spirits, and immortal figures, mirrors with lion and grapevine decorations, a Gui food container of Lady Xian Ji, a Hsing Chi Shih Tsun, a He wine/water vessel of Bo-ding, a Gilt Beast-footed Tsun with Mountain Design, a Hu vessel with Hunting Scenes Inlaid in Copper-like Paste, a Ting Vessel with Inscription of the Zhenghe period, a Zun wine vessel in the shape of an animal with metal wire and turquoise inlay, and a Square gui food container with Ya Chou emblem. Come explore these amazing artifacts today and learn more about Chinese culture during this time period!
1. Mirror of Shang-fang with TLV pattern
This mirror is decorated with geometric patterns, protrusions, the Four Spirits, and immortal figures. There is also a ring of auspicious text that states that "the making of this 'fine' mirror is of great favor.
2. Mirror with Lion and Grapevine Decorations
The Tang dynasty made beautiful mirrors, often with foreign decorations. This mirror with lions and grapevines is an important example. The lions are all in unique postures. The insects and birds flow between the lions and grapevines in a beautiful and symmetrical way.
3. Gui food container of Lady Xian Ji
The use of jade mentioned in the bronze inscription suggests that it was mainly used for rewards, edicts, gifts, entertaining, and sacrifices.
4. Hsing Chi Shih Tsun
The phoenix bird with a large tail was a popular decoration during the time of King Mu in the mid Western Zhou period.
5. He wine/water vessel of Bo-ding
The same inscription appears on both the vessel and its cover, but the style of writing is different. One follows the simple strength of the early Western Zhou period, while the other forges a new path towards elegance in the mid Western Zhou.
6. Gilt Beast-footed Tsun with Mountain Design
The tsun was a wine vessel used in the Han dynasty. It was decorated with images of spirits, auspicious beasts, and winged figures, representing paradise as envisioned by people in the Han dynasty.
7. Hu vessel with Hunting Scenes Inlaid in Copper-like Paste
The decoration on this vessel is a shallow relief design with birds holding snakes in their mouths and winged spirit figures on the shoulders. The belly is decorated with figures and animals, and the area below is filled with hooked-cloud and geometric patterns.
8. Ting Vessel with Inscription of the Zhenghe period
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9. Zun wine vessel in the shape of animal with metal wire and turquoise inlay
This pottery vessel is in the shape of a strong, four-legged hoofed animal with raised ears, round eyes, and a dangling tail. The muscles and posture of the animal are realistically portrayed.