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ID number:  BIRBI-41.3
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Chinese
Title / Object name:  Wine Beaker
Object type:  Art object
Culture:  Chinese
Date made:  10th/11th century BC
Materials:  Bronze
Measurements:  26 cm x 15.2 cm top, 9 cm bottom
Provenance:  From the collection of H. K. Burnet, Bradford. Purchased at Sotheby's, 4 April 1941, lot 276, purchased with 41.4 for £460

The flaring and elongated shape of Chinese wine beakers is thought to have been inspired by other elaborate cups that also had tall stems. The distinctive shape of Chinese wine beakers was easy to reproduce in a variety of media. Porcelain versions, used as vases, were shipped throughout the world in the 1600s. These inspired variants made in European potteries, including Worcester, Stoke-on-Trent and Meissen.

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