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Altar vessel 'dou'
Place of origin
Jiaqing 1796 - 1820Qing dynasty 1644 - 1911 → China
Media category
Materials used
porcelain with yellow glaze

29.0 x 16.5 cm:

a - lid; 10.6 x 16.5 cm

b - base; 18.3 x 16.5 cm

Purchased 1967
Accession number
Lower Asian gallery
Further information

These ceremonial vessels, the design and decoration of which were based on bronzes of the Western Zhou dynasty, were used in the primary sacrifices on the main altars in Beijing.

This yellow 'dou' would have been made for use on the Altars of Earth and Agriculture.

Hepburn Myrtle, 'Late Chinese Imperial Porcelain', AGNSW, 1980. 4

Bibliography (3)

Iain Clark, TAASA Review, 'Beijing's altar of earth and its ritual ceramics', pg. 13-15, Sydney, Jun 2009, 14 (colour illus.).

J. Hepburn Myrtle, Late Chinese Imperial Porcelain, Sydney, 1980, 6, 11 (illus.). 4 See 'Further Information' for text.

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The Marvel of Porcelain', Sydney, 2003, 129 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (1)

Late Chinese Imperial Porcelain, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 02 Aug 1980–21 Sep 1980

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