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Zun Vase
M.C. 2005-3
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The zun-shaped vase, beautiful by its ornamentation, is characteristic of the production of the end of the Shang Dynasty (1550 - 1050 B.C.) and by its patina. It is among the masterpieces of ancient China due to the rare mask, half-human, half-bird, on each side of the body of the piece.

History of the Object
This bronze is known for more than 60 years and has been published many times. It was owned by the Bijutsukan of Nara in Japan, a private museum whose entire collection was sold in 1987.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Bronze 
Measurements
Width 24,7 cm Height 27,2 cm  
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
North China 
Geography
China 
Time period
BCE 14th century ~ BCE 11th century 
Creation date
BCE 14th Century - 11th Century; Anyang Period (1300 - 1050 B.C.), Shang dynasty (1550 - 1050 B.C.) 
Function
The vessel was used to hold liquids. 
Acquisition
The bronze was given to the museum by the firm Total in 2005. 
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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