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Title

'Jiao dou' tripod

25 CE-220 CE

Artists

Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Other Title
    Tripod brazier (jiao dou)
    Place where the work was made
    China
    Period
    Han dynasty 206 BCE - 220 CE → China
    Date
    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
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    8.1980
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

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  • About

    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

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    China

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

    • 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

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications