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P'ou (ritual vessel)
  • China
  • P'ou (ritual vessel), Eastern Zhou dynasty, Warring States period (BCE 481–BCE 221)
  • Where object was made: China
  • bronze
  • Object Height/Diameter: 40.5 x 26.5 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 15 15/16 x 10 3/8 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Howard K. Lee
  • Not on display
  • 1976.0095

Ritual vessel with a globular body and a tall, splayed ring foot. The shoulders are wide and smooth. The neck is flared with a thick everted lip. The body is divided into twelve panels of deocration, framed by double strands of simulated rope. Where the vertical strands meet the horizontal ones, they appear tied together in four small knots. Within each panel are twelve rosw of tiny rectangular S-shaped sprials, formed by double raised lines. Nine additional rows of the same pattern densely encircle the foot.