This food basin, standing on a high foot with two handles, was to become a type very popular with the successors of the Shang, the Zhou. The bosses within diamond patterns are typical of the Shang tradition, as are the fine narrow handles below the heads at the junction with the neck. Just below the neck, around the body, is a band displaying dragons, and similar dragons decorate the foot.
Ritual food vessel, gui Late Shang dynasty (about 1700-1050 BC), about 1100 BC © Compton Verney
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