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
Ritual vessel 'zun'
Place where the work was made
11th century BCE
25.0 x 19.8 cm
Gift of Mr. Giuseppe Eskenazi 2003
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
Conversations through the Asian collections, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Oct 2014–13 Mar 2016
Referenced in 1 publication
Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Bronzes and Jades', Sydney, 2003, 72 (colour illus.).