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Eastern Chou (771 – 221 BC)

Animal-shaped Tsun Vessel

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The structure of this vessel is unique. It is composed of three parts: the lotus-shaped stem, the plate, and the animal. It was unearthed with a base, but we cannot be sure that it was the base of this tsun vessel. The animal stands upright, and raises its head. The plate is roughly in the shape of a tou dish. The hollow stem has lotus petals on the top, and whorl patterns in the center.
Some thought this was a wine vessel used in sacrificial rites, but its use is still unknown.


771-221 B.C.


Height 12.25, length 19.0 cm.


Tomb M1, Shan-piao-chen, Chi-hsien, Honan