This magnificent ritual vessel used for holding food comprises two equal parts. The lid could stand beside the base, making a pair of offering dishes. The vessel appears to have been owned by two sons from the same family, as of the two six-character inscriptions incised on the interior, one reads: Da, son of the Ni family, owns this food container’ and the other: ‘Xin, son of the Ni family, owns this food container.
Ritual food vessel, fu Eastern Zhou dynasty, Spring and Autumn Period (770-475 BC), about 600-500 BC © Compton Verney
Get the latest news and inspiration delivered straight to your inbox by signing up to our mailing list.