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We are very willing to accept everything. The sculpture displays wonderful detailing in the face, hair and robe. It may be signed but I did not want to remove the base lining. In very good condition for age. See pics. Primary Material Bronze. For sale is a fine old Chines bronze horse sand cast in the Wei or Sui dynasty style with the elongated saddle that almost touches the ground.
Bronzes in the Sui or Wei dynasty style are few and far between, a bit rare. Beautifully sculpted and cast in Bronze is this Figural group of a Dragon being offered gifts by the Children. The inside being hollow but the figure weighs 4 kg. No makers mark. Please see the photographs to get an all-round view. Chinese Dragon, this mythological symbol dates back to BC and stands for happiness, immortality, procreation, fertility and activity. Chinese Dragons were believed to ward off evil spirits. In ancient days the dragon was regarded as a most sacred animal, and used to be the imperial emblem of Chinese emperors.
It is the first of the four Divine Creatures to Chinese-the others being the unicorn, the phoenix and the tortoise. Weight is 2. About Jack : Jack is a reasonable guy. He also knows that more often than not people are as reasonable as he is.
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More often such inscriptions are on the floor of the vessel. But sometimes it is hard to square such identifications with other examples with the same name, which may or may not look the same. In other words, not all similarly named vessels look quite right. Given the huge length of time during which ritual bronzes were produced and used in China, it is not surprising that there was variation in any given named form, or that the forms often overlapped. But even accepting the variation, we seem to encounter a surprisingly large number of names for a surprisingly small number of functions.
Lost Functions. In many cases, the bronze forms were lineal descendants of earlier ceramic vessels of everyday use, and archaeologists have found plates, bowls, jugs, cups, and steamers from earlier periods that would have been the models. In both cases the top was probably not originally paired with the particular bottom displayed with it in museums today, but you get the general idea.
That is a time span of more than two and a half millennia, and if this page were about Chinese food, that would be a very big deal. For present purposes, the point is that the ritual vessels were not usually arbitrary. They had their origin in more normal kitchen equipment. But the bronze forms, once devised, tended to take on a life of their own. Closely similar ceramic forms continued and still continue to be produced, both in utilitarian and in deliberately antiquarian variants. Indeed, although bronze forms had their origins in pottery, from the time bronze vessels began to be used, they in turn were imitated in ceramic.
Since bronze vessels were never intended as everyday table ware, artistic concerns were primary, and some of them were exaggerated beyond usability. In some cases excessive decoration would have rendered the vessels impractical for any but very occasional use. Excessive Terminology. Although we know that most bronze vessels were intended for ritual use even if they may have been displayed more than used , we do not necessarily know what the rituals in question were, or why so many different kinds of vessels were involved.
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Experts have usually classified the vessels by their shapes, allowing their decisions to be overruled whenever a particular vessel contained a name that identified it differently. Other experts have classified them by general function, for example as "food vessels," "wine vessels," and a catch-all of "other things. By the way, "wine," in the case of ancient China, is a highfalutin term for beer.
It was not made from fermented fruit, but from fermented grain, usually millet. And it was spiced or flavored in various ways. On this page it is called beer, although it was not a kind of beer that would appeal to modern taste. Actually, if there is a good-tasting millet beverage, I have yet to discover it. Many vessels for which only generic names are known are nevertheless identified in museum labels by generic Chinese terms rather than English ones.
This makes sense when it tells the viewer that an internal inscription uses that word. It seems unhelpful otherwise. Bronze vessels were almost never left undecorated. Decorations include geometric designs and forms of animals, real or imaginary. Although some of these are realistic, many are highly abstracted and have stimulated much learned speculation proposing classifications and interpretations. The provisional conclusion at this time as that we have no idea what was going on.
A small number of bronzes normally or often take the shapes of animals.
But more often fierce beasts are used as all or part of the surface design. Often a body is stretched out in both directions from the head.