An imitation bronze phoenix urn. With double phoenix motif on either side as handle. Each phoenix holding a ring in its beak. Total of six tiny phoenix babies atop the lid. Bottom of the urn seems to be fill with plaster or clay instead of bronze from our inspection. Good for the collection or decoration if you like the Chinese culture. Bronze age in China refers to the period between 2000 and 771 B.C. Bronze was produced on a massive scale for weapons and ritual objects used by the ruling elite at the time. The last of the legendary rulers, Yu, is credited with controlling floods and founding the Xia dynasty. Yu also cast nine sacred bronze vessels that became symbolic of the right to rule, and these were passed on to subsequent dynasties. The era of the Shang and the Zhou dynasties is generally known as the Bronze Age of China, because bronze, an alloy of copper and tin, used to fashion weapons, parts of chariots, and ritual vessels, played an important role in the material culture of the time.
Dimensions: 3″ x 10.5″ x 17.5″