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Box (with lid, in the form of a recumbent bull)

Creation date: 1644-1911
Creation place: China

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Type: Cloisonné Box
Medium and Support: Cloisonné enamel on gilt copper
Credit Line: Anonymous gift in loving memory of Evelyn H. Ornstein
Accession Number: 1994.218.a.b
Dimensions: 4 7/8 in. x 2 7/8 in. x 5 3/4 in. (12.38 cm x 7.3 cm x 14.61 cm)
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The form of this cloisonné vessel in a bull shape is very likely to have derived from a guang, the ancient bronze vessel used for pouring wine in rituals during the ancient Shang period (1766-1050 BCE). Like the Shang bronzes , the various compartments of this vessel's sides are filled with dragons of many sizes, most reduced to heads with characteristic bottle-shaped horns. It became popular during the Qing dynasty to revitalize antique styles of ancient bronzes in different media, such as jade, ceramic, or cloisonné. The color yellow, used in the background in this example, was reserved exclusively for objects that belonged to the Chinese emperor.
Last Updated: 6/11/2013


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Art of East Asia: China The San Diego Museum of Art , 1/24/2013 - 00/00/00

Art of East Asia San Diego Museum of Art , 2/3/2013 - 8/1/2013

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