Bronze bucket-shaped vessel
Our bronze bucket-shaped vessel with overhead swing handle has the robust outline often found on objects dating to the Tang period. Our piece has a dark patination but shining through is a metal with a golden glow. This type of alloy is referred to in Japan as 'sahari' bronze. Judging from the small amount of space between the edge of the rim and the swing handle, we think it likely that this vessel was a bucket and did not have a lid. It was probably used in a Buddhist ritual. The inside has shallow concentric circles, showing that the vessel was turned on a lathe. The combination of form and colour results in a wonderful visual balance.
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