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Western Zhou Dynasty
Ox Zun - Wine Container
牛尊    酒器

The zun shown on this page and the next is in the shape of an ox. It is 9.5 inches tall (24 cm) and 15 inches long (38 cm). It was made during the Western Zhou Dynasty (1046 - 771 BC) and was found at a dig in Hejia Village, Qishan County in 1967. The zun was used as part of the ceremony to worship ancestors. At the ceremony a whole ox or sheep would be killed in offering and a container of wine in the shape of the ox or sheep would also be offered. The word zun was also used as a general term for a wine container with a big body, wide mouth, and legs.

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Last update: March 2010
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