A Han dynasty (200 B.C-200 A.D.) Chinese bronze Hu ceremonial vessel with lid. This rare bronze Hu vase was born China during the Han dynasty. Used as ceremonial vessel, this Hu vase is a great testimony of the remarkable bronze technique of the Han dynasty, regarded by many China's golden age. Four scroll motifs adorn the lid of the vase, while the belly is decorated with a charming tao-tie mask, a typical pattern from the Shang and Zhou dynasties, which came 1300 years before the Han.
The great attention to detail on this motif is the result of the lost-wax cast technique, which contributes to the fame of the Han bronze items. With its patina and wonderful history, this impressive Hu vase would be a splendid decorative item in any home.
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