Complete footed cast bronze Hu (wine container), terminating curved and bulbous contour flaring on square mouth. Banded edge and lidded square cover. Has a slight apex top with four serpentine shaped mounted on a terminal bends. The ring handles of the hu measures 2 1/2″ diameter with loped and mounted on a taotie mask which is molded in low relief. Complex verdigris patina of malachite and earth encrustation with ares showing cupperite transgression of metal oxidation.
Purchases in the 1990’s in Hong Kong for our private collection.
Han Dynasty 206 B.C. – A.D. 221
Size: 17″ high x 8 1/4″ wide