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Title

Square 'ding' cauldron with mythical creatures


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

Above the main motif of 'taotie' masks on this ritual object is a register of twelve animals, each with one foot, a hooked beak and upwardly curled tail. This mythical creature is traditionally referred to as a 'Kui dragon', a name adopted by connoisseurs of the Song dynasty (960-1279 AD). Some scholars, have suggested abandoning this usage according to Confucius's description of the Kui as a virtuous and worthy master of music. Dragons were believed to have the ability of assisting shamans to connect heaven and earth during ritual ceremonies in ancient China.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012


Details


Other Title

Rectangular cauldron 'fang ding'


Place where the work was made

China


Date

circa 12th century


Media category

Metalwork


Materials used

bronze


Dimensions

21.0 x 17.3 x 14.0 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Bequest of Kenneth Myer 1993


Location

Not on display


Accession number

573.1993



Place

Where the work was made
China

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Jackie Menzies, The Art Gallery of New South Wales collections, 'Asian Art - India, South-East Asia, China, Tibet, Korea, Japan', pg. 173-228, Sydney, 1994, 188 (colour illus.).

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Bronzes and Jades', Sydney, 2003, 70 (colour illus.).