University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object TitleDemon Queller Stirring a Cauldron
Object Number:C124
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Chinese
Confucian
Taoist
Provenience: China
Period: Qing Dynasty
Date Made: 17th Century - 18th Century
Early Date: 1600
Late Date: 1799
Section:Asian
Technique:Painted
Iconography:Demon Quellor
Cauldron
Inscription Language:Chinese Language
Credit Line:Purchased from M. Knoedler & Company, 1916
Other Number:GETZ 67 - Other Number

Description

A Demon Queller Stirring a Cauldron. Attributed to artist: Sima Kou 司馬冦 (Northern Song) but probably later. The inscription reads: 調和鼎鼐,'tiaohe ding nai,' Harmonize Ding and Nai (bronze cooking vessels). Ding-Nai are most important ritual vessels in the Shang Dynasty - Zhou Dynasty period. Thus the term was adopted to imply the management of country, the administration. To rule a country well is like to harmonize well the ingredients in the Ding-Nai vessels. A Confucian thought painted with strong Taoist colors. Formerly in the collection of John Calvin Ferguson (1866 - 1945 CE).


Bibliography:

[Catalogue] Getz, John. 1916. The University Museum Exhibition of Oriental Art.. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 198 no.67View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Catalogue] Fernald, Helen E. 1922. Handbook of Chinese Paintings in the Collection of the Museum.. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 35View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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