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Funerary flask, or bian hu, with handles and animal mask decoration

  • loan



  • hu

    A Chinese ritual baluster vessel.


    • currently in research collection

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  • The Barlow Collection by the University of Sussex

    The Barlow Collection

    Of long rectangular section, the flask has a flat oval front and back, curved sides, a cylindrical neck and a splayed rectangular foot. Both shoulders have raised animal masks holding loose rings, the masks with elaborate curly features and a loop in place of a snout to hold the ring. The vessel is otherwise undecorated except for a recessed band around front and back and a raised band around neck and foot. The rim has an incurved edge with a recess for a cover to slot in, but the cover is missing. The patina is of grey-green tone.

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