An image of Ritual bronze vessel, 'zun'

Unknown Artist

Ritual bronze vessel, 'zun'

Other titles:
Ritual vessel 'zun'
Location
Not on display
Further information

In early script, the character 'zun' is written in the form of two hands holding a wine cup. The shape of the vessel and its pictographic depiction suggest it was used as ritual object for wine. The ‘zun’ was one of the most popular vessel shapes in the Shang and early Zhou periods. The rendering of the ‘taotie’ mask on this vessel exhibits characteristics descended directly from Anyang period motifs of the late Shang dynasty (1318-1046 BCE). The inscription cast in the interior centre reads as ‘fuding’ and indicates that this ‘zun’ was made for the deceased father on the day of ‘ding’.

‘The Asian Collections: Art Gallery of New South Wales’. pg.72
© 2003 Trustees, Art Gallery of New South Wales

Place of origin
China
Period
China: Zhou dynasty circa 1100–256 BCE, Western Zhou circa 1100–771 BCE
Year
11th century BCE
Media
Metalwork
Medium
bronze
Dimensions
25.0 x 19.8 cm
Credit
Gift of Mr. Giuseppe Eskenazi 2003
Accession number
253.2003