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Painted Bronze Cylinder with Carrying Handle
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The bronze articles of the Qin and Western Han era boasted fine workmanship, intricate patterns and elaborate shapes. This cylinder consists of two parts: a container and a lid. On the lid there are knobs, with a matching pair of ears ringed with animal head holding rings on the body, and a maneuverable carrying handle. Shaped like a piece of bamboo, it is very similar to the bamboo holders of water or porridge that modern day Zhuang, Miao or Yao people of Guangxi take with them to the fields. Mainly found in Guangxi and Guangdong, such cylinders are a type of wine vessel usually made from bronze or pottery, and are typical of the South Yue Kingdom.

History of the Object
In the Qin and Western Han Dynasties, many people from the central plains immigrated to Lingnan, bringing with them advanced technology in production. Under the influence of the new technology, Guangxi’s bronze culture entered its peak era. Central plains characteristics and local Yue features were both prominent on the shape and decoration of the bronze wares, along with Chu and Dian cultural aspects. This reflects the communication and integration of multiple cultures at that time.

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Type
Archaeological 
Materials
Bronze 
Measurements
Diameter of Mouth 13.8 cm, Diameter of Bottom 13 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
BCE 3rd century ~ BCE 1st century 
Creation date
BCE; 3rd Century BCE - 1st Century; Western Han Dynasty (206 BC – 25 AD) 
Function
Container 
Acquisition
Archaeological Excavation 
Copyright
The Museum of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region,Nanning 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
The Museum of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region,Nanning 
Museum
The Museum of Guang Xi Zhuang Autonomous Region 
Credit line
The Museum of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region,Nanning 

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