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Ritual food vessel, fu

Details

Artist

Unknown

Title

Ritual food vessel, fu

Date

Eastern Zhou dynasty, Spring and Autumn Period (770-475 BC), about 600-500 BC

Medium

Bronze

Dimensions

H: 25 cm.

Reference

CVCSC 0258.1-2.A

Collection

Chinese

Status

On Display

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