Bronze Boar Zun Wine Vessel
This beautifully cast bronze boar is a reproduction of a Chinese 'zun' wine vessel in an antiqued, verdigris finish. Bronze vessels like this one were used first during China's Shang dynasty (1600 to 1046 BC) as part of religious ceremonies. Zun were used to hold wine and could be either in a round or square vase form or, as in this case, in the form of an animal. The bronze is hollow, with a removable lid that has a handle in the form of a smaller boar or pig. It is etched with ancient Chinese hieroglyphs, beautifully cast with holes for the the boar's nostrils and mouth for pouring the wine.
Chinese bronzes have a long tradition and history, with various designs produced and unearthed throughout China. Different types of vessel were used for holding wine or for different foods, designed either to be buried in the tombs of the most important members of society to accompany them to the afterlife, or for religious rituals.
Note that these items are individually cast and so the finish may vary slightly to the example shown here.
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