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Masterpiece

This is a representative example of early gui dated to the late Shang period. Its decoration is characterized by zoomorphic motifs and monster animal masks cast in relief. The vessel bears an inscription in the centre of its interior.

History of the Object
Reported to have been excavated in Luoyang, Henan province

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Type
Archaeological 
Materials
Bronze 
Measurements
Width 27.2 cm Height 14.4 cm  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
16th Century-12th Century BCE; late Shang period 
Where it was made
Luoyang, Henan province; Central China 
Geography
China 
Time period
BCE 16th century ~ BCE 12th century 
Creation date
16th Century-12th Century BCE; Shang Dynasty (1766—1122 B.C.E.) 
Function
Ritual vessel for containing food 
Acquisition
Acquired in 1953 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
The University of Hong Kong 
Museum
University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong 
Credit line
Collection of the University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong 

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