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Lei Vase
M.C. 440
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The vase comes from a very small collection of Lei, discovered at different sites distant from each other in China. All these bronzes are similarly ornamented, suggesting that they could have originated from the same workshop, probably in the heart of the Western Zhou kingdom. There are four taotie masks on the lower part of the body and four animals with a trunk - sometimes called elephants - on the upper part. A mythical saurian adorns the lid.

History of the Object
Bought in China between 1871 and 1873 by Henri Cernuschi, the exact provenance of the vase is unknown.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Bronze 
Measurements
Width 26,4 cm Height 49,7 cm Length 34,6 cm  
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
BCE 11th century ~ BCE 10th century 
Creation date
2nd half of the 11e c. B.C.-begining of the 10th c. B.C., Western Zou dynasty (1050 - 771 B.C.) 
Function
Used to hold liquids 
Acquisition
It was bought by Henri Cernuschi, founder of the Musée Cernuschi, during his trip in Asia (1871 - 1873). 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Musée Cernuschi, Musée des Arts de l'Asie de la Ville de Paris 
Museum
Musée Cernuschi 
Credit line
 

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