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Title

Ritual bronze vessel, 'zun'

11th century BCE


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

In early script, the character 'zun' is written in the form of two hands holding a wine cup. The shape of the vessel and its pictographic depiction suggest it was used as ritual object for wine. The ‘zun’ was one of the most popular vessel shapes in the Shang and early Zhou periods. The rendering of the ‘taotie’ mask on this vessel exhibits characteristics descended directly from Anyang period motifs of the late Shang dynasty (1318-1046 BCE). The inscription cast in the interior centre reads as ‘fuding’ and indicates that this ‘zun’ was made for the deceased father on the day of ‘ding’.

‘The Asian Collections: Art Gallery of New South Wales’. pg.72
© 2003 Trustees, Art Gallery of New South Wales


Details


Other Title

Ritual vessel 'zun'


Place where the work was made

China


Date

11th century BCE


Media category

Metalwork


Materials used

bronze


Dimensions

25.0 x 19.8 cm


Credit

Gift of Mr. Giuseppe Eskenazi 2003


Accession number

253.2003



Place

Where the work was made
China

Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Bronzes and Jades', Sydney, 2003, 72 (colour illus.).