Hu Vessel for Wine Conservation
Song Dynasty (960-1279)
Art is one of the most effective
ways to describe or document a civilization.
This statement is true when it comes to the
production of bronze objects in China. We know
that the art of bronze flourished in China in
times much later than those of the West. What is
amazing is the fact that it almost immediately
reached high quality levels, without going
through the infant stages, with levels of
technique and style superior to those of any
other people in the Near East or in the
For the Romans, the bronze was a yardstick of eternity. They used to say "ere perennius", or "more lasting than bronze." As we come to know the bronze artifacts that China has produced over thousands of years, we come to know the soul, the sense of mystery, the standards of beauty and the desire to transcend time.