Henan Museum
“Changzikou” Gui-formed Vessel, Gong
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Time: 2023-09-18 16:51:02
Period: Early Western Zhou (c. 11th century B.C.)
Provenance: Changzikou tomb at the Taiqinggong township, Luyi county, Henan, 1997
Measurements: H. 24 cm, L.31.8 cm

Made up of two parts, the lid and the body, the vessel has a rounded lid with the front part in the form of the raised dragon head, the slightly contracted neck, bulging belly, circular base, and ring foot. The inside walls bear the inscription of three characters “Chang Zi Kou”, just like the inside of the lid.

In total, 50 inscribed bronze wares were unearthed from the “Changzikou” tomb, among which, 46 have inscriptions mentioned “Zi”, “Zikou” “Changzikou”, which were taken as the evidence for identifying the tomb occupant to be Changzikou, of which, Changzi denotes the identity, “Kou” was the given name. Based on the structure of the tomb and the burial goods, most of the scholars in the academia believed that the tomb occupant was a regional duke or prince of a principality of the early Western Zhou dynasty. The tomb is of great value to the study on the relationships between the Chang clan and the Shang and Zhou courts, Central Plain culture and the cultures of the Dong Yi and Huai Yi (principalities of the eastern regions and Huai River valley).