Socketed Tube Coupler
On View: Asian Galleries, West, 2nd floor (China)
By the Eastern Zhou dynasty, the role of bronzes had begun to change, from serving as ritual vessels to becoming luxury goods that demonstrated the wealth and power of the family who commissioned them. This is reflected in the increased use of gold and silver inlay in bronze objects and in the more abstract geometric pattern of the taotie mask, as can be seen on this pair of crossbow mounts and socketed tube coupler.
Bronze, inlaid with silver
Eastern Zhou Dynasty
Late Eastern Zhou Dynasty
a & b: 7 5/16 × 1 3/4 × 2 1/2 in. (18.6 × 4.4 × 6.4 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alastair B. Martin, the Guennol Collection
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Socketed Tube Coupler, 770-256 B.C.E. Bronze, inlaid with silver, a & b: 7 5/16 × 1 3/4 × 2 1/2 in. (18.6 × 4.4 × 6.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alastair B. Martin, the Guennol Collection, 77.54.1a-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 77.54.1a-b_SL1.jpg)
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Socketed tube coupler with beading at contiguous ends. Holes for securing pins. Reddish brown bronze inlaid with silver. Inlay design based on geometric patterns emphasizing volutes. Inlay technique of silver used in sheets cut to pattern and in threads. Lower beading connected with a tiger applied in relief; the animal head is used to open the gate and then to lock the coupler. The representational modeling of this tiger is probably the finest of the type yet known.
Condition: Generally good, one end of a coupler is cracked. Cleaned by Joseph Ternback, Forest Hills NY
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