Ritual Vessel


Location: On Display in the Asia Galleries

From: China

Curatorial Section: Asian

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Native Name Hu (Chinese vessel type)
Object Number C243
Current Location Asia Galleries - 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
Inscription Language Chinese Language

'Chen Zhang' fanghu. Bronze four sided fanghu, or square jar, inlaid with green malachite in a delicate pattern with much of the malachite now lost. There are 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 twenty nine characters engraved just above the base records the capture of the vessel by Chen Zhang (also known as Tian Zhang, Zhangzi, and Kuang Zhang) as booty from an attack on the state of Yan in 315 BCE.

Height 37.2 cm
Width 21 cm
Depth 21 cm
Credit Line Purchased from C. T. Loo, 1916

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