This piece is a replica of a Han Dynasty, bronze cooking vessel. The Han Dynasty spanned the period of between approximately 200 B.C. to 220 A.D..
“Chinese Bronze has long been considered a treasure from ancient times.
Dating back to 4000 years ago, Chinese bronzes 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)”.
To our eyes, this piece features one of the hadrosaurine dinosaurs, also known as flat headed dinosaurs-complete with reptilian skin. Alternate descriptions or explanations of the creature could include “seals”, “dragon” or “mythical animal”.