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Title

'Li' (tripod)


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

The 'li' is a uniquely Chinese cooling vessel which when filled with water and covered with a perforated vessel, was used for steaming. The simple surface decoration is characteristic of such wares: the deep cord-like markings on the body are the imprints left by the cord-lined moulds in which the piece was shaped. The vessel shape is made of three mammary lobes standing on pointed feet.

Reference:

Willets, W., 'Foundations of Chinese Art' London, Thames and Hudson, 1965. pg.38, fig. 13.

Valenstein, S., 'A Handbook of Chinese Ceramics' New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1975, collection plate no. 3 (pg.14).

Pang, M.A., 'An album of Chinese Art' Melbourne, National Gallery of Victoria, 1983, fig. 14.

Asian Art Dept., AGNSW, 21 September 1983.


Details


Other Title

Tripod 'li'


Place where the work was made

Longshan Shandong Province China


Date

circa 14th century BCE-11th century BCE


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

grey earthenware


Dimensions

13.6 x 13.5 cm (irreg.)


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1983


Accession number

231.1983



Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Early Ceramics', Sydney, 2003, 101 (colour illus.).