The first Emperor of the Zhou Dynasty believed that his people should learn from the lesson from the former dynasty, Shang, whose emperor lived a luxurious life. Therefor he warned his people from intemperance and named the vessel that contains other wine vessel “Jin”, meaning prohibition.

This lacquered Jin was carved out of a whole piece of wood and painted with red lacquer. The beast sculptures that support the upper part of the Jin are vivid and its fairshaped body can be appreciated from different angles.


  • Title: Lacquered Jin
  • Location: Unearthed from Leigudun Tomb (No.1 ), Suizhou, Hubei
  • Medium: Lacquer ware
  • Excavation Date: 1978
  • Dynasty: Around 433 B.C. (the East Zhou Dynasty and the early Warring States Period)
  • Dimensions: Total height: 52 cm; upper part: 55cm×55 cm; bottom part: 41.8 cm×41.8 cm.

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