Libation cup of the "chueh" type, from a tomb

Made:
1500 -500 BCE in China
maker:
Unknown

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Bronze libation cup of the "chuch" type, from a tomb, Chinese, 1500-500BC. White background.
Science Museum Group Collection
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Bronze libation cup of the "chuch" type, from a tomb, Chinese, 1500-500BC. White background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Bronze libation cup of the "chuch" type, from a tomb, Chinese, 1500-500BC. White background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Bronze libation cup of the "chueh" type, from a tomb, Chinese, 1500-500 BCE

Libations are liquids such as wine, honey or oil that are poured to honour the dead or in praise of the gods. Collected from a tomb, this bronze libation cup with two upright prongs and three sharply pointed legs is an example of a chueh-type cup. Bronze was an expensive material and this suggests the cup was placed on a tomb by a wealthy family.

Details

Category:
Asian Medicine
Object Number:
A198273
Materials:
bronze (copper, tin alloy), complete
type:
libation cup
taxonomy:
  • votive offering
  • libation equipment
  • libation vessel
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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