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Collection

An image of Ritual bronze vessel, 'zun' by

China

Title
Ritual bronze vessel, 'zun'
Other titles:
Ritual vessel 'zun'
Place of origin
China
Period
Western Zhou circa 1100 - 771 BCEZhou dynasty circa 1100 - 256 BCE → China
Year
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
Location
Lower Asian gallery
Further information

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

Bibliography (1)

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