Tubular Fitting

Bronze inlaid with gold and silver | 12.1cm | Eastern Zhou dynasty, Warring States period (480–221 B.C.), 4th/3rd century B.C.

Unknown Artist

Sumptuously inlaid bronze tubes were designed as fittings for weapons, scepters, and chariots. This bottle-shaped fitting may have formed part of the axel cap for the wheel of a ceremonial chariot. In its remarkable fluency, the inlaid design of volu...
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