Chinese Bronze has long been considered a treasure from ancient China. Dating back to 4000 years ago, Chinese bronze were not only the daily utensils, work tools and weapons of the people of ancient times, but also exquisite works of master craftsmen, which have been handed down from generation to generation. The study of Chinese bronze usually spans an extensive period of time, up to the end of the Han Dynasty (220 AD). Excavation during the early to mid 1950s in the People's Republic of China had discovered many pieces of treasures that are now in the exhibition of Beijing history museum, Shanghai museum and ShannXi History museum. Ancient Chinese bronzes have been unearthed mainly from tombs, some were utilized by their owners in their lifetime, other served as ritual vessels for offering sacrifices or during feasts, still others were made expressly as burial objects. The storage pit was another repository for bronzes. In a time of unrest, when a man of position was forced to flee, unable to carry his weighty bronzes with him, he would bury them in a certain spot to which he could return and retrieve them once the situation became favorable. According to ancient documents, numerous records of the discovery of bronzes existed as early as the Western Han Dynasty (206 B.C – 26 A.D.). Some Han scholar-officials took up the collection of bronzes as a hobby. It was during Song Dynasty (960 – 1279) that bronze became highly valued and their price rose rapidly. Bronze experienced a decline during Yuan and Ming Dynasties, During the Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1911), when textual research came to be respected, did the collection and study of bronzes again rise. Reproduction of these bronze pieces during the Qing dynasty also became quite popular. Since ancient Chinese bronze pieces are fetching millions of dollars in auction houses and many are considered national treasures, genuine pieces are difficult to obtain. In the last thirty to forty years, quality reproduction Chinese bronzes have been made primarily for the museumgoers. We have acquired a few beautifully made museum quality reproductions for your selection. Chinese bronze makes wonderful gift and unique home decorative pieces. This bronze is a food container with inscription which later evolved into Chinese language. Size: 14" T by 8" Deep by 8" W.