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Highly-Imitated Bird Zun with Inlayed Gold of the Warring States Period

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Cultural dynasty: Warring States Period
Dimensions: diameter 34cm, 25.5cm height

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Bird Zun with inlayed gold of the Warring States Period is one of the bronze wares collected in the Summer Palace in the Qing Dynasty.

The bird-shape Zun, a drinking vessel, has upright ears, round eyes, long tube-spout, round belly, upward tail and a pair of wings of god bird. On the back of the bird, there is a detachable lid with the snake pattern, and the belly is empty, the beak is a spout. Its two fore legs are those of beasts, its back leg is an inverted little beast, and there is a ring-shaped handle at its tail. The bird's head and legs have legs cast in the pattern of scales, its wings and tail have feather pattern, and its eyes and neck are inlayed with gold. The Zun, in delicate workmanship, the bronze ware was gorgeously decorated, uniquely formed, and cleverly designed. It shows the classic technology of inlaying gold to bronze during Warring States Period.

Bronze wares were called Ji Jin (Lucky Gold) in ancient China, and favored by refined scholars. In imperial palaces, they were considered as auspicious objects showing declaring peace in the country. To promote the cultural heritage at the Summer Palace, the Zun has been imitated in high quality and only in limited number. They are offered as collector's items.

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