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Ceremonial Wine Vessel on Wheels

Catalogue Description:
Phoenix-bearing, zun-shaped wine vessel on wheels, in cloisonné enamel. The flaring wine vessel stands on the bird's back. The vessel has a low, spreading foot, a broad depressed ovoid body and a tall, trumpet-shaped mouth. The bird's feet rest on the axel between two six-spoked wheels. The bird's tail curves downward and ends in a flat surface that serves as a base for the object. A tall dentate ridge runs from the top of the bird's head to the end of the tail, interrupted only by the vessel. All visible surfaces of the object are decorated in gilded copper with cloisonné enamels. The bird's feathers are represented in rows of various colors, while its head is covered with red dots on a turquoise ground. The vessel is decorated with taotie masks and stylized dragons, as well as fanciful cicada patterns.


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