Designation: Ritual vessel (zun or gui) in the shape of a rhinoceros
Object Name: Ritual object
Date: Shang dynasty (1600-1050 BCE), probably 1100-1050 BCE
Place of Origin: China | Shonchang | Shandong province
Credit Line: The Avery Brundage Collection
Label: Traditionally, this animal-shaped bronze has been thought of as belonging
to a type of wine vessel called a zun; this designation is supported by the inscription. The zun is a pouring vessel and with a spout, usually the head of the animal. There is, however, no spout and no opening between the head and body of this rhino vessel. Perhaps it held food and might better be described as a belonging to a type of vessel known as a gui.