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
Credit Line:Purchased from M. Knoedler & Company, 1916
Other NumberGETZ 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 Univesity Museum Exhibition of Oriental Art. : Page/Fig./Plate: 198 no.67View Objects related to this Bibliographic Reference
[Catalogue] Fernald, Helen E. 1922. Handbook of Chinese Paintings in the Collection of the Museum. : Page/Fig./Plate: 35View Objects related to this Bibliographic Reference

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