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Shaft

Shaft

2nd half of the 11th century – 10th century B.C., Western Zhou Dynasty (approximately 1050 – 771 B.C.)
Bronze
H : 27 cm L : 14 cm
M.C. 9870

A highly stylised, kui dragon with an eye in high relief is depicted in this openwork interlacing. The two clawed feet, dorsal ridges and half-open jaw are also evident. A cylindrical cartridge could be used to tie this piece to a central piece. We do not know the intended purpose of this shaft, which could have been used as a banner of war (biaozhang zhi) or to decorate the body of a cart. Two eyelets were used to tie on mobile ornaments. By its expressive graphic style, this piece is representative of the Western Zhou aesthetic.

Auteur de la notice : Gilles Béguin
Collection : Western Zhou Dynasty (1050-771 B.C.)
Mode d'acquisition : Donation of the Cernuschi Museum Society of Friends, 1991.
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