Title:Hu (Ritual Storage Vessel)Artist:Artist UnknownDate:late 6th-5th century B.C.Creation Place:Asia, ChinaCredit Line:Bequest of Alfred F. PillsburyAccession Number:50.46.9
This storage vessel is one of an important group of hunting scene hu that show influence from the animal style art of the northern frontier. The four major bands depict men hunting birds, deer, boar and tiger with spears, knives and bows. The shoulder panels show an archer shooting from the back of a four-horse chariot with driver. These pictorial scenes of human activity represent a revolutionary departure in bronze art. Previously, during the Shang and Chou period, sacred symbols and stylized animals were formally arranged with regard to hierarchy and strict symmetry. The subject here appears secular rather than religious.