Called Hu in Chinese, these bronze urns
were used as
water or wine vessels. They are shaped with an
ovoid body, slender neck, and
flared footing. Three molded bands encircle the
vessels, giving the appearance
of a "sectioned body." On the upper band, two
small circular handles
are attached. Both vessels are covered with
greenish patina and incrustation.
By the Han Dynasty, the Hu had become
form of bronzeware, described in scholarly and
practical handbooks and manuals.
Variations on this theme led to many beautiful
creations, such as this piece,
which has a high swell and elongated body.