A Bronze Hu (Wine Vessel)

Warring States Period
Height: 30.4cm

The pear-shaped body crisply cast with three registers of bifurcated dragons with scrolling angular bodies defined with swirls, a variety of scales and beaded elements amid smaller dragons framed by four metal-inlay borders, with bovine masks suspending loose ring handles to the sides, the neck with pendant triangular lappets radiating downward from the cupped mouth, with a mottled green patina.