29.0 x 16.5cm overall:
a - a - lid; 10.6 x 16.5cm; height x diameter; weight 650g
b - b - base; 18.3 x 16.5cm; height x diameter; weight 1.550kg
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. cat.no. 4
J. Hepburn Myrtle (Australia, b.1911, d.1998) (Author), Late Chinese Imperial Porcelain, Sydney, 1980, 6, 11 (illus.). cat.no. 4 See 'Further Information' for text.
'The Marvel of Porcelain', The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales 2003, 2003, 129 (colour illus.).
'Beijing's altar of earth and its ritual ceramics' by Iain Clark, pg. 13-15., TAASA Review Jun 2009, Jun 2009, 14 (colour illus.).
Late Chinese Imperial Porcelain, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 02 Aug 1980–21 Sep 1980.