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"Simuxin" Gong
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The vessel is elaborately decorated with lively animal designs. It has a bovine head at the spout end, an owl or birdlike mask at the opposite end, and a horn-shaped handle. Its body is decorated with a dragon pattern. The inscription "Fuhao" is incised in the lid and the vessel bottom. It was made by the children of King Wuding of the Shang Dynasty for sacrificing to their mother "Fuhao". This is a quite rare bronze vessel.

History of the Object
It was owned by the children of Wuding , a king of the Shang Dynasty.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Bronze 
Measurements
Height 36 cm. Length 46.5 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Henan; Anyang 
Geography
China 
Time period
BCE 16th century ~ BCE 11th century 
Creation date
BCE; 16th Century BC - 11th Century BC; ca. 1600 BC - ca. 1046 BC 
Function
Ritual wine vessel 
Acquisition
Unearthed at the Fuhao tomb, Yin ruin, Anyang, in 1976 and subsequently acquired by the Henan Museum. 
Copyright
Henan Museum 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Henan Museum 
Museum
Henan Museum 
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