Dou with Inlaid Hunting Scene


Stemmed cup or bowl
Late Spring and Autumn Period
Height: 20.7cm
Mouth diameter: 17.5cm
Weight: 1.8kg

It is an exquisite food container. Its bulging cover has a disc-shaped handle. It also has a deep belly with two ring handles and a short-stemmed base. Hunting scenes inlaid with copper were carved all over the cover, belly and base. Comparing to the symmetrical geometrical designs on bronzes before, the appearance of daily life themes on the ornaments shows the influence of social reform during the Warring States Period on bronze art. It is an outstanding piece among the famous "Hun Yuan Bronzes".