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Owl-shaped vase
M.C. 7372
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Because of the expressive play of colours - black and red - this piece, a replica of a real vase, is seen as one of the masterpieces of the Han earthenware.

History of the Object
Bronze vases in the shape of a bird are known in the Shang Period (c. 1550 - c. 1050 B.C.). During the Han Dynasty, the owl-shaped vases were numerous, and were probably used for medicine.

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Type
Ceramics 
Materials
Painted earthenware 
Measurements
Width 14 cm Height 35,2 cm Length 13,2 cm  
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
BCE 1st century ~ BCE 1st century 
Creation date
BCE 1st Century; end of the Western Han Dynasty (206 B.C. - 9 A.D.) 
Function
This vase was put in the grave with the dead. 
Acquisition
The vase was bought by the Musée Cernuschi in 1927. 
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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