Ming dynasty (1368-1644)
Zun Vessel in the Shape of a Tapir
Bronze, gold inlay
14 x 18 cm
Gift of Miss Mabel Molson, inv. 1932.Ed.9
Archeology and World Cultures
Based on ancient prototypes of the Warring States period (fifth-third century B.C.E.), tapir-shaped bronze vessels were coveted by the wealthy classes and included in imperial collections such as that of the Qianlong emperor.