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Bronzes

Hsien-chi Kuei
Middle Western Chou period (1046-771 BC)
Height: 13.6, rim diameter: 21.7 cm

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The use of jade mentioned in bronze inscriptions indicate that it was chiefly used for rewards, edicts, gifts, entertaining, and sacrifices. The mention of a "jade huang" in the inscription on this bronze vessel testifies to the ancient ceremonial statute of "ceremony is defined by jade and silk".

Text: Yu Kuo-ching
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