UnknownShang Dynasty ca.1600 - 1046 BC

Sanxingdui Museum

Sanxingdui Museum
Guanghan, China

A Lei was a vessel for drinking wine, with a mouth smaller than a Zun (尊). The shoulders of this Lei are decorated with four standing birds and four ram's heads in high relief. The body of the piece is decorated with micro bas-relief animal heads and intaglio cloud and lightning patterns. The combination of high relief, bas relief, and intaglio lines is typical of bronzeware from the late Shang dynasty.


  • Title: Lei
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Creator Lifespan: Unknown
  • Creator Nationality: China
  • Creator Gender: Unknown
  • Date: Shang Dynasty ca.1600 - 1046 BC
  • Location: Sanxingdui, Guanghan city, Sichuan Province
  • Physical Dimensions: w26.5 x h54 cm (incomplete)
  • Provenance: Sanxingdui Museum
  • Type: sculpture
  • External Link: Sanxingdui Museum
  • Medium: bronze

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