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Ceremonial Wine Vessel on Wheels

Asian Art

MEDIUM Cloisonné enamel on copper alloy
  • Place Made: China
  • DATES early 18th century
    DYNASTY Qing Dynasty
    DIMENSIONS 21 5/8 x 9 1/16 x 14 3/8 in. (55 x 23 x 36.5 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Asian Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 09.513a-b
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Samuel P. Avery, Jr.
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Ceremonial Wine Vessel on Wheels, early 18th century. Cloisonné enamel on copper alloy, 21 5/8 x 9 1/16 x 14 3/8 in. (55 x 23 x 36.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Samuel P. Avery, Jr., 09.513a-b. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, 09.513a-b_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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    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.
    RECORD COMPLETENESS Good (77%)
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