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Bronze Zodiac Beaker Research

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The bronze Zodiac Beaker, placed in the Norton Simon Museum, was made in 1332, in East Java, a province of Indonesia. The beaker requires the viewer to walk completely around the object in order to observe and identify the different details of the piece. The size, flat bottom design, and the material the beaker is made of makes this piece a functional object.
The large size of the Zodiac Beaker suggests that this piece was a functional object in the past. The space within the beaker indicates that it was used to collect different forms of liquid for consumption. When it rained, the beaker could have been used to collect water. The five foot four inch beaker has both depth and width, which allows the people to collect large sums of water. The amount of water gathered with one beaker would likely provide the people with the amount they needed for a long period of time. Not only was it functional in that it allowed people to collect water, but it was also likely used to store food such as crops. The large beaker allowed people to carry all their assortment of crops from one place to another without having to carry the food in their bare hands. The fact that the people could store their things in the beaker allowed all their belongings to stay together without being lost. The beaker was also made big enough to allow people to wash their clothing. In addition, the large size suggests that the beaker was an object in which people could store their personal and valuable items. These items include clothing, jewelry, and even their tools that they used for hunting and harvesting their food. In addition, the beaker enabled people to keep personal items in memory of their loved ones, such as their clothing, jewelry, or even their sacred r...

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...ble to store water and different kinds of food in the beaker, they were not forced to use it all at once, and could use the amount that was needed momentarily because the bronze material would not perish the objects in the beaker. Although the bronze material could have rusted overtime due to its frequent use, it was likely washing the beaker was an easy task that allowed people to reuse it when needed.
The Zodiac Beaker, used by the people of Indonesia, served many functions for the community as suggested by the size, flat bottom design, and material that was used to construct the object. It allowed people to store their possessions in the beaker and place it in their homes, as it was not intended to be carried for a long period of time but to be placed down. The Zodiac Beaker was a practical object in the 14th century that worked effectively within the community.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that the bronze zodiac beaker, placed in the norton simon museum, was made in 1332, in east java, a province of indonesia.
  • Explains that the large size of the zodiac beaker suggests that it was a functional object in the past.
  • Explains that the zodiac beaker, has a flat bottom design, which suggests that this piece was functional in the 14th century.
  • Explains that the zodiac beaker was a functional object for the people of indonesia. the bronze material had to be constructed so that it wouldn't crack or break when filled with heavy objects.
  • Explains that the zodiac beaker was a practical object in the 14th century that worked effectively within the community.
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