12.0 x 15.4 cm bowl; 19.3 cm overall height
As with most Han bronzes, this tripod utensil is marked with a simplicity and plainness at odds with the elaborately decorated ritual bronzes of the preceding Shang and Zhou dynasties. The dragon's head, as cast on the long handle, may not have had a deep religious meaning, serving instead as an auspicious symbol. The 'jiao dou' was a wine-warming utensil, examples of which have been found in archaeological contexts placed atop iron stoves.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012
Jackie Menzies, Three years on: a selection of acquisitions 1978-1981, 'Asian Art', pg. 85-103, Sydney, 1981, 102 (illus.). cat.no. 33
Jackie Menzies, Early Chinese Art, Sydney, 1983, (illus.) not paginated. cat.no. XVIII. See 'Further Information' for text.
Early Chinese art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 26 Feb 1983–08 May 1983
Dragon (2012), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 Jan 2012–06 May 2012