This interestingly shaped a jug or pitcher to hold water or wine., a vase-shaped pitcher, is called a (gwahng) ("gwang") in Chinese. It is designed as a pouring a container such as a cup, bowl, pot, or dish.. The broad, raised spout aligns with a vertical handle at the back. It ingeniously combines a handful of fantastic beasts into its form. At the front of the vessel is a horned bird with a hooked beak. Its wings, composed of coiled dragons, cover its flanks. The space between these areas is filled with matching pairs of dragons, reptiles, and birds. The handle also takes the shape of a standing bird, its head caught in the jaws of a horned beast. It divides the animal a face covering that usually has a design on it. —(t-ow-tee-eh) a stylized monster face-mask design pattern commonly found on ancient Chinese bronzes with symmetrically arranged eyes, ears, horns, snout, and jaw. —into halves. Find one of its staring eyes. Below it is a snout and open mouth. The creature has the head of a snake man in either side of its mouth. The lid is decorated with two prominent animal masks: a ram head at the front and a buffalo head at the back. See if you can identify the animals that form their horns and fill the area between the two bodiless heads.
Real and imaginary animals are frequently seen in the surface decoration of ancient Chinese bronzes. Realistic depictions of living animals were typically produced in southern China, while in the north, fantastic creatures were prevalent. One of the most characteristic mythical images decorating (shahng) vessels is the so-called (t-ow-tee-eh) a stylized monster face-mask design pattern commonly found on ancient Chinese bronzes with symmetrically arranged eyes, ears, horns, snout, and jaw.. It is a frontal animal-like a face covering that usually has a design on it. with a pair of staring eyes, often protruding in high three-dimensional forms that protrude from a flat surface.. Between the eyes is a nose, with jaws shown directly below. The taotie a repeating design, pattern, or image. here also includes eyebrows, horns, ears, snout, and fangs. The emergence of animal-shaped a mixture of copper, tin, and often lead that produces a strong metal. vessels and the popularity of animal motifs clearly indicate the importance of animals in the repertoire of artisans of this era.
Chinese bronzes like this (gwahng) show a mastery in an object made by pouring molten metal or other material into a mold. rivaling that of other ancient civilizations. They were used to hold wine, water, grain, or meat in sacrifices to ancestors or in a set pattern of behavior for a religious or other kind of ceremony. banquets by (shahng) kings. The shape of each a container such as a cup, bowl, pot, or dish. matches its intended purpose. The fabulous animal motifs are unlikely to have been purely decorative. Although their exact meanings are unknown, they must have played a certain role in the rituals or in the popular imagination.
- What animals and creatures can you identify on this a jug or pitcher to hold water or wine.?
- Why do you think the craftsman covered the a container such as a cup, bowl, pot, or dish. with creatures and animals?
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