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Ke Bo, Western Zhou Dynasty
tianjin 4
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This is the only bronze Bo which was used by Ke. It has a complete shape, beautiful patterns, and 16 lines of inscription with 79 characters on the body. This recorded why this set of bronze ke was made. So, it has important historical and artistic value concerning the politics, the economy and the bronze-making technology of the Western Zhou Dynasty.

History of the Object
This is the earliest of the known bronze Bo. A Bo was a large percussion instrument in ancient China. It was used together with a Zhong and a Qing in big ceremonies. This Ke Bo has an oval body, a flat mouth and has a Kui dragon design, which is uncommon. There are 16 lines of inscription with 79 characters on the right side of the plump part. It was a recording of the minister Zhou Wang Ke who accepted a reward and a command by the Emperor of the Western Zhou Dynasty, and he successfully completed his task, and therefore ordered this Ke Bo to commemorate his forefathers.

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Type
Archaeological 
Materials
Bronze 
Measurements
Mouth diameter 34.7 cm. 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
BCE 11th century ~ BCE 8th century 
Creation date
BCE; 11th Century BC - 8th Century BC; Western Zhou Dynasty (The 11th century B.C ~ 771 B.C) 
Function
Instrument, Ritual vessel 
Acquisition
Donated by Zhang Shucheng in 1981 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Tianjin Museum 
Museum
Tianjin Museum 
Credit line
Donated by Zhang Shucheng 

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