An Archaistic Bronze Bianhu

Of flattened oval section raised on a oval hollow base, a pair of taotie masks applied to the shoulders, The vessel is otherwise undecorated except for a recessed panel around front and back and a raised band around neck. Dark green patina.

This type of wine vessel first appeared in the Warring States period (457-221 BC) as beverage containers, although some scholars believe it was an innovation of the Eastern Zhou period.

Age: Yuan/Ming Dynasty

Size: Approx 20 cm High

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