Here are a few of the pieces I really enjoyed. The gold symbol was translated as "Water" in ancient Chu script - very different than Mandarin. The Chu art had lost wax technique cast bronze vessels, reiku like pottery, brocade textiles and lacquer over wood. All simple, nature inspired geometric designs. Would love to find a tea set like the one in the museum -- maybe someday.
This one means Chu if I remember correctly
This one means water. I love that a contemporary artist created these pieces with such love of the ancient work - and that the museum displayed the work so prominently. American Museums - take note - contemporary art and history can compliment each other!
This is a detail from another bronze urn.
These figures reminded me of Akan Acua'abas from West Africa. No explanation for how these were used.