Wine Vessel (Zun) in the Form of a Goose
Used for pouring wine, this goose-shaped bronze vessel is stylistically different from earlier ritual bronzes in the expressive naturalism of the animal form. A similar vessel is recorded in the collection of the Northern Song emperor Huizong (ruled 1101–25) and illustrated in the catalogue of his imperial collection, first printed around 1125. Chinese artisans of later dynasties followed the catalogue's illustrations to create archaistic goose-shaped vessels, but few succeeded in replicating the lively, sculptural qualities of this ancient work.
- Medium: Bronze
- Place Made: China
- Dates: 206 B.C.E.-220 C.E.
- Dynasty: Han Dynasty
- Dimensions: 11 1/2 x 6 3/16 x 17 1/2 in. (29.2 x 15.7 x 44.5 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Asian Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Special Exhibitions Gallery, 2nd Floor
- Accession Number: 54.145a-b
- Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alastair B. Martin, the Guennol Collection
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Wine Vessel (Zun) in the Form of a Goose, 206 B.C.E.-220 C.E. Bronze, 11 1/2 x 6 3/16 x 17 1/2 in. (29.2 x 15.7 x 44.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alastair B. Martin, the Guennol Collection, 54.145a-b. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Pouring vessel in the shape of a goose in an aggressive posture with its wings partially spread. The vessel was used for the heating and pouring of wine. The handle rises from the backs of two partial lion figures. Incised lines indicate the eyes and feathers of the bird. Although here attributed to the Han dynasty, certain aspects of the vessel's form (most notably the lions) suggest a later date, perhaps to the Tang dynasty, when lion forms were frequently borrowed from Central Asian traditions. Likewise, the incising (which was added after the casting of the overall form) is more typical of Tang bronzes.
- Record Completeness: Best (91%)