Jay Xu. Reina: A Rhinoceros like No Other
A great joy of serving as the director of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco is to have at my fingertips one of the world’s most extraordinary collections of ancient Chinese bronzes for study and appreciation. Originally assembled by the Chicago entrepreneur and collector Avery Brundage (1887–1975), the bronzes include a number of unusual objects, one of which was discussed in an earlier article in the Curator’s Choice series written by Tianlong Jiao, a former Chinese art curator at the museum (see Orientations, July/August 2017, pp. 74–75). What I will introduce in this article is a rhinoceros-shaped vessel datable to the first half of the 11th century BCE, at the end of the Shang dynasty (c. 1600–1046 BCE).