A liquor container from the early Western Zhou Dynasty (approximately 1100BC -771BC). Unearthed in 1980 in Tomb No.7 of Zhuyuangou, Baoji City, Shaanxi Province, it is now in the collection of the Municipal Museum of Baoji City.
The Boge vessel is oblate with shanting shoulder and high loop handle. Two ox heads and big sheep heads are shown in relief. Decorations include the patterns of taotie, kui dragons and small animal mask. The whole piece embodies outstanding casting technology and it is the cream of bronze wares of the early Western Zhou Dynasty.
Three main categories of bronze artifacts exist: ritual vessels, luxury items and sometimes placed in tombs and weapons. Production quality peaked in the late Shang (B.C. 1600~B.C.1100) period. One characteristic form was the Jue, a ritual vessel standing on three legs, apparently intended for the warming of wine. The surfaces of most ritual vessels were commonly covered with stylized surface decoration. The most common motif was a mythical creature lacking a lower jaw known as the taotie mask. Many vessels carried inscriptions indicating why they had been cast and explaining their intended use.
Our bronze replicas are made with the same lost wax method as the Shang artisans used thousands of years ago. Each item is modeled off the historical relic. Some original size products molds are from the original relics provided by Zhou Yuan Bronze Museum.