Gold Inlaid Bronze Hu Vase
This lovely bronze vase is a reproduction of an ancient Chinese wine vessel known as a 'Hu'. The originals were first produced during the Shang dynasty (1600 - 1045 BC) for use in religious rituals, or to be placed in the tombs of the wealthy deceased. The shape of this one is typical of the originals excavated from ancient burial sites, with wide body, narrow neck handles at each side.
Later versions, produced during the 'Warring States' period (475 to 221 BC) were more decorative, inlaid with designs in silver or gold. This one is beautifully inlaid on the body in gold with scrolling patterns, with ancient Chinese hieroglyphs on the neck. The lid is also inlaid with gold and has a simple ring handle. Note that each vase is individually cast and so the finish may vary slightly to the example shown here.
£7.50 delivery to most UK mainland addresses