Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 16

Large Chinese Archaistic Bronze Hu Arrow Vase, Ming/Qing Dynasty, 17th Century



A large late Ming or early Qing dynasty archaistic bronze hu shaped arrow vase, mid-17th century, China. The impressive bronze vase of archaistic hu form, with a voluptuous pear shaped body set upon a splayed foot and tapering slightly upwards to a wide neck and open mouth. The neck decorated with a double band of taotie formed as confronting stylized kui dragons upon a dense leiwen ground. The neck featuring two tubular lug handles cast with the same taotie and kui dragon pattern. A two character inscription to the underside, possibly reading "Gu Xue", possibly in reference to the arrow game and the tubular cylinders. The bronze finished with an alluring simulated patina in lacquer, featuring rich coffee and chocolate browns with black and cinnabar red highlights. Vases with tubular handles such as this are often referred to as arrow vases because of their association with the drinking game Pitch-Pot (Touhu). The game involves players trying to throw arrows through the small tubular cylinders. Provenance: Private Sonoma, CA collection.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 16 in. (40.64 cm)Diameter: 12 in. (30.48 cm)
  • Style
    Ming (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
    Mid-17th Century
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1650
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Minor structural damages. Minor fading. Nice presentable condition overall. The base plate reattached, with glue visible. Some scattered minor losses to the lacquer.
  • Seller Location
    Austin, TX
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU894715018022

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    Rates vary by destination and complexity.
    Ships From: Austin, TX
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 7 days of delivery.

1stDibs Buyer Protection Guaranteed
If your item arrives not as described, we’ll work with you and the seller to make it right. Learn more
About the Seller
5 / 5
Located in Austin, TX

Founded in 2001, Lotus Gallery offers a carefully curated selection of furniture, jewelry, sculpture and works of art spanning millennia, continents and cultures. Although it seeks out beauty in all its forms, they specialize in Asian antiquities, especially Chinese pieces from the Han and Tang dynasties and chinoiserie. Based in Austi...

Diamond Seller
These expertly vetted sellers are 1stDibs' most experienced sellers and are rated highest by our customers.
Established in 2001
1stDibs seller since 2010
141 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: 2 hours
More From This Seller

You May Also Like

19th Century Chinese Bronze Archaistic Vase
Located in Stamford, CT
A handsome Chinese bronze two handled vessel with geometric top and base. The body decorated with etched Archaistic designs, the handles with dragon head terminals. This piece has a ...

Antique Late 19th Century Chinese Archaistic Metalwork



Chinese Archaistic Bronze Vase
Located in Stamford, CT
A handsome bronze bottle-form vase in the Chinese Archaistic style. The flaring neck above a bulbous body supported by a circular footed base. Encrusted surface nice showing a varieg...

Early 20th Century Chinese Archaistic Metalwork



Large Chinese Archaistic Black Patina Bronze Altar Vase
Located in Mt Kisco, NY
Chinese bronze vase with decoration in the Archaistic style and dragon mythical beast loop handles.

Antique 18th Century Chinese Archaistic Vases



17th-18th Century China Pair of Bronze Vases Qing Dynasty
Located in Liverpool, GB
17th-18th century China pair of bronze vases Qing Dynasty A pair of symmetrical decorative vases. Belly with a relief, geometric ornamentation, typical of archaic art. A long neck b...

Antique 18th Century Chinese Vases



Ming Dynasty Bronze Scroll Weight, Seated Horse, 17th Century
Located in Geelong, Victoria
Chinese bronze scroll weight, modelled as a seated horse, looking forward with extended hoof and incised details such as eyes and mane. Ming Dynasty 17th century.

Antique 17th Century Chinese Metalwork

Fine Qing Dynasty Cloisonné Enamel Vase
Located in London, GB
Made for the Persian market with Arabic inscriptions, decorated with lotus flowers on a turquoise ground, set on three feet.

Antique 19th Century Chinese Qing Vases



Chinese 18th Century Bronze Vase
Located in Hudson, NY
Chinese 18th century bronze vase with mottled patina. Evidence of a small, old repair.

Antique 18th Century Chinese Metalwork



Early 17th Century Chinese Ming Iron Bell with Dragon Handle
Located in Chicago, IL
This monumental Ming-dynasty bell once pealed in a Chinese village, sounding out in celebration or giving notice of important events. Expertly forged, the cast-iron bell is detailed ...

Antique Early 17th Century Chinese Ming Garden Ornaments



The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Insured Global Delivery