Hu Flasks with Standing Bird and Flower of Eight Petals
Item No. : R019024
Height 60.5, diameter of belly 32.4 cm.
Tomb M1, Shan-piao-chen, Chi-hsien, Honan
Two almost identical items were found. This pair of hu flasks is the finest and most original bronze hu of this tomb. The standing bird and flowers are openwork with ingenious design: the wings of the bird can be taken off, and the entire bird can also be removed from the lid. The body of the flask is inscribed with coiled dragon-like patterns, and four-leaf patterns. The pair of handles is held in the mouths of animal masks attached on the both sides of the flask.