Han Dynasty Bronze Vessel Lid
An excellent example of a ancient Chinese burial bronze in the form of a lid for a food container. (The vessels were generally of much lighter construction and do not survive the centuries of burial. Even when found intact, the bases rarely match well with the lids.) This piece dates from the Han Dynasty (202 B.C. to 220 A.D.) and exemplifies the fineness of that period's metalworking. Alternating concave and convex borders lead up to a crown engraved with stylized designs and a pierced finial for a cord. The somewhat crusty patina does not obscure the crisp quality of detail. Approximately 6-1/2 inches in diameter and 1-3/4 inches in depth. Comes with custom carved rosewood stand.
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