Friday, October 3, 2008

Guang (vessel)

A guang is an ritual wine pitcher, made of bronze. They were used during the and dynasties, from around 1700 to 900 . Guangs have a vertical handle at one end and a spout at the other, both zoomorphic, and were often highly decorated with taotie. The handle of the guang is of often in the shape of the neck and head of an animal with stylized horns, and the spout of the vessel is in the form of the head of a creature whose mouth constitutes the end of the spout.

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