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Ritual food vessel, gui

Details

Artist

Unknown

Title

Ritual food vessel, gui

Date

Early Western Zhou dynasty (about 1050-771 BC)

Medium

Bronze

Dimensions

H: 19 cm.

Reference

CVCSC 0407.A

Collection

Chinese

Status

On Display

Although this gui dates from the Early Western Zhou dynasty, the taotie monster masks in the bands on the body and lid are derived from versions found on much earlier vessels of the Shang dynasty. The significance of this design is not well understood, but it developed from simple versions such as that on the large ding , through more complicated, yet still fairly abstract versions such as this, and finally to more concrete versions in higher relief.

Ritual food vessel, gui Early Western Zhou dynasty (about 1050-771 BC) © Compton Verney