Rare Chinese Bronze Ware Vessel, Shang Dynasty "tiger Feeds Man" (hushiren You)
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Rare Chinese Bronze Ware Vessel, Shang Dynasty "tiger Feeds Man" (hushiren You):
Chinese Bronze ware - Ancient Ritual Vessel of Shang Dynasty
"Tiger eats men" (or "Tiger feeds men") 虎食人卣 (Hushiren You)
Weight: 1473 g.
Height: 7.7" (19.5 cm), with a raised handle: 9.6 in (24,5 cm)
Collection: Shang Dynasty (about 1550-1050 B.C.)
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One of the rarest bronze crafts made in late Shang Dynasty (about 1550-1050 B.C.). The whole statue is vividly carved, presenting strong tension. Meanwhile, the patterns of the beast and human faces are magnificently done, in innovative forms.
This artifact is complexly made which shows the excellent skill of casting art. Most of the surface patina on it. As the same as the majority of the bronze statues of late Shang, it has elaborate and complex decorations and takes the man and beast as the motif. The lower part of the you and the tiger's tow front paws and tail form three supporting points. There is an oval-square opening on the back of the tiger with a lid where a small dragon stands on.
The myth about feeding child, abandoned mother, by tigress is known in China almost from Neolithic period. Moreover, a later version of the myth says that then this child, nourished tigress, became the Emperor or the First Minister of China. Tiger as a symbol - it is the nobility and protection. This is the most artistically outstanding a wine pot with a small mouth and a big belly, which is known to archeologist's as " you". It features a human figure embracing a tiger, his bare feet on the hind paws of the tiger, and his head in the tiger 's mouth. The man's face bears no expression of pain or horror, suggesting that the man and the tiger are friends. Some archeologist's think that the man could be a wizard and the tiger, his assistant. The wine pot could be a magic instrument by means of which the wizard was supposedly able to communicate with the supernatural world. Today the beauty of traditional bronze art is still to be found in incense burners and sacrificial vessels in temples, in statues on display in schools, or in decorative pieces in homes; all have been influenced by the art of China's ancient bronzes.