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An image of 'Jiao dou' tripod by

China

Title
'Jiao dou' tripod
Other titles:
Tripod brazier (jiao dou)
Place of origin
China
Period
Han dynasty 206 BCE - 220 CE → China
Year
25 CE-220 CE
Media category
Metalwork
Materials used
bronze
Dimensions

12.0 x 15.4 cm bowl; 19.3 cm overall height

Credit
Gift of Mr F. Storch 1980
Accession number
8.1980
Location
Not on display
Further information

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

Bibliography (2)

Jackie Menzies, Early Chinese Art, Sydney, 1983, (illus.) not paginated. cat.no. XVIII. See 'Further Information' for text.

Jackie Menzies, Three years on: a selection of acquisitions 1978-1981, 'Asian Art', pg. 85-103, Sydney, 1981, 102 (illus.). cat.no. 33

Exhibition history (2)

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