The dou vessel, used for displaying food at a ceremonial banquet, originated in ceramic and was also often made in lacquer. It was only developed in bronze from about 900 BC. This example, with its black burnished surface, mimics the appearance of lacquer.
Vessel and cover, dou Eastern Zhou dynasty, (770-221 BC): Warring States Period (475-221 BC) © Compton Verney
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