Gold Inlaid Bronze Hé Vessel
This unusual item is a reproduction of an ancient Chinese bronze Hé wine vessel. Cast in bronze and inlaid with gold, the finish is a lovely, antiqued verdigris. Vessels like this one were produced in China as long ago as the Shang dynasty (1600 - 1045 BC), used either for storing and poring wine in ritual ceremonies or to be buried in the tombs of the highest ranking and wealthiest members of society.
The 'Hé' - a large, lidded, teapot like vessel with three legs and an upward pointing spout - was one of several vessels produced in bronze or sometimes ceramic, that would be buried together as a set. This one sits on three cabriole legs and has a shallow, domed lid. It is inlaid with gold in a diagonal scrolling pattern around the body and lid, along with four-petaled flowers. Note that each item is individually cast and so the finish may vary slightly to the example shown here.
£7.50 delivery to most UK mainland addresses