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Ancient Chinese Bronze Vessels

Beauty of the Four-Ram Fang Zun


At first glance, your eyes may be caught by the four extraordinary crested heads of rams of this exhibit (Fig. 1 and 2). The large horns are shaped in elegant curves whirling to the center, and extravagant decoration is found all over the faces and bodies of the rams. It is hard to believe that this intricate and extremely stunning bronze vessel was casted ca. 1300 – ca. 1030 B.C. The 58.3cm.(23 in.)-tall vessel was discovered in Hunan Province, South China and is now exhibited at the Historical Museum in Beijing, China.

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