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Native NameHu (Chinese vessel type)
Object Number: C243
Current Location: China Gallery
Currently On Display
Culture:Chinese
Provenience: China
Period: Warring States
Zhou Dynasty
Date Made: Late Zhou Dynasty - Warring States
Section:Asian
Materials:Copper Alloy
Bronze
Malachite
Pigment
Technique:Inlaid
Cast
Relief
Iconography:Taotie
Height: 37.2cm
Width: 21cm
Depth: 21cm
Credit Line:Purchased from C. T. Loo, 1916

Description

'Chen Zhang' fanghu. Bronze four sided fanghu, or square jar, inlaid with green malachite in a delicate pattern; much of the malachite now lost. Two bronze ring handles held in the mouths of archaic monster masks (taotie) modelled in low relief on each side of the vessel. An ancient graffito of 29 characters engraved just above the base records the capture of the vessle by Chen Zhang (also known as Tian Zhang, Zhangzi, and Kuang Zhang) as booty from an attack on the state of Yan in 315 BC.


Current & Past Exhibitions:

Chinese Halls (1941 - 1966)View Objects in Exhibition
Discovering the Past: Highlights from the University Museum (IBM) (20 Jun 1989 - 20 Aug 1989)View Objects in Exhibition
Chinese Bronze and Metal-Working (Rotunda Case Exhibit) ( Jan 1987 - Feb 1988)View Objects in Exhibition
Chinese Bronze and Jade (Rotunda Case Exhibit) ( Jul 2001)View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Book] Dorling Kindersley Limited. 2014. History of the World in 1,000 Objects. : Page/Fig./Plate: Page 104 Middle row, leftView Objects cited in this Publication
[Article] Steinhardt, Nancy S. 2008. "The Chinese Rotunda". Arts of Asia. 38 (5): 83-95.View Objects cited in this Publication
[Article] Mattos, Gilbert L. & Hua, Yang. 2001. "The Chen Zhang Fanghu". Orientations. 32 (2): 57.View Objects cited in this Publication
[Book] Kominami, I. 1985. Studies on Unearthed Objects.View Objects cited in this Publication
[Book] Horne, Lee C. 1985. Introduction to the Collections of The University Museum.View Objects cited in this Publication
[Book] Watson, William. 1979. Art of Dynastic China. 633.View Objects cited in this Publication
[Article] Jayne, Horace H. F. 1941. The Chinese Collections of The University Museum: A Handbook of the Principal Objects. The University Museum Bulletin. 9 (2-3)View Objects cited in this Publication
[Catalogue] 1938. Chinese bronzes of the Shang (1766-1122 B.C.) through the Tang Dynasty (A.D. 618-906) : an exhibition lent by American collectors and museums and shown in gallery D6 from October 19 through November 27.View Objects cited in this Publication
[Article] Jayne, Horace H. F. 1935. The Museum's Loan to Burlington House ( for International Exhibition of Chinese Art held in London 1935-36). The University Museum Bulletin. 6 (1)View Objects cited in this Publication
[Catalogue] Royal Academy of Arts. 1935. Catalogue of the International Exhibition of Chinese Art.View Objects cited in this Publication
[Article] Andersson, Johan G. 1935. The Goldsmith in Ancient China. The Bulletin of the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities. No. 7View Objects cited in this Publication

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