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Bronze Jin with cloud design
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Bronze Jin with cloud design

Spring and Autumn Period 770-476B.C.

Unearthed at Xichuan, Henan

Height: 28.8cm

Length: 103cm

Width: 46cm

Jin is a table for wine vessels. Its body has several layers of cloud-shaped relief decorations supported by bronze stalks of various sizes, with twelve dragon-shaped animals climbing around and another twelve staying at the bottom as legs of the Jin. Of all the bronze objects cast by using the lost wax casting technique unearthed in China, this one is the earliest. The exquisite and complex craftsmanship of this Jin reached an amazingly high level.