Title:Tripod EwerArtist:Artist UnknownDate:c. 2000-1500 B.C.Creation Place:Asia, ChinaCredit Line:Gift of Cheung Hin Sing in honor of Dr. Robert JacobsenAccession Number:2004.90
The Bronze Age succeeded the Neolithic or Stone Age during the second millenium b.c. in the Yellow River region of north China. The Er-li-tou culture with its site near Loyang in Honan province dating between 2000 and 1500 b.c., has yielded the earliest bronze vessels in China as well as pottery vessels modeled on bronze prototypes. The overall design of this elegant, thin walled, pouring vessel, including its pointed hollow tripod legs, wide, flat handle with incised surface decoration, and domed cover with cut-out spout is typical of ceramics excavated at Er-li-tou sites in the middle region of the Yellow River. While metal prototypes for such a work are presumed, no exact bronze prototype has yet been excavated.