“Innovation and Spectacle: Chinese Ritual Bronzes” Exhibition

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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This exhibition features three spectacular ritual vessels from the fifth century b.c. that have never before been displayed together outside China. Lent by the Shanghai Museum, these wine vessels—a pair of pear-shaped containers and a unique four-legged vessel in the form of a fantastic buffalo—exemplify the artistic sophistication and technical virtuosity of the Houma foundry, a major center of bronze casting in the Eastern Zhou dynasty (770–256 b.c.). The bronzes are accompanied by two ceramic mold fragments, illustrating how the bronzes’ intricate surface décor was achieved, and by a small number of related bronzes from the Metropolitan’s collection.



from October 18, 2014 to March 22, 2015

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