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Bronze rectangular Dou inlaid with turquoise
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Bronze rectangular Dou inlaid with turquoise

Warring States Period475-221B.C.

Unearthed at Jixian, Henan

Height: 24.5cm

Mouth diameter:25cm


Dou, food vessel, has deep belly, and it is mostly fitted with a lid. The body of the vessel is decorated with copper and turquoise. The technique is called "inlaying technique", which refers to the technique of decorating bronze objects by inlaying such metal wire or plaques as of gold, silver or copper, or turquoise, lacquer etc. into the grooves engraved on the surface of bronze. The technique was popular in the Spring and Autumn Period 770-476B.C.and the Warring States Period 475-221B.C..