Kneeling man bearing a zun

UnknownShang Dynasty ca.1600 - 1046 BC

Sanxingdui Museum

Sanxingdui Museum
Guanghan, China

This piece is composed of a base in the shape of a mountain and a kneeling figure. The base is hollow and decorated with curving patterns. The figure is naked from the waist up with prominent nipples. It wears a skirt and a belt around the waist. The figure supports a bronze Zun on its head, holding it with both hands. This object may depict a sacrifice of wine performed by the ancient Shu people.


  • Title: Kneeling man bearing a zun
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: Shang Dynasty ca.1600 - 1046 BC
  • Location: Sanxingdui, Guanghan city, Sichuan Province
  • Physical Dimensions: w5.3 x h15.6 cm (Complete)
  • Provenance: Sanxingdui Museum
  • Type: sculpture
  • External Link: Sanxingdui Museum
  • Medium: bronze

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