An image of 'Jiao dou' tripod

Unknown Artist

'Jiao dou' tripod

Other titles:
Tripod brazier (jiao dou)
Location
Not on display
Further information

As with most Han bronzes, this tripod utensil is marked with a simplicity and plainness at odds with the elaborately decorated ritual bronzes of the preceding Shang and Zhou dynasties. The dragon's head, as cast on the long handle, may not have had a deep religious meaning, serving instead as an auspicious symbol. The 'jiao dou' was a wine-warming utensil, examples of which have been found in archaeological contexts placed atop iron stoves.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012

Place of origin
China
Period
China: Han dynasty 206 BCE–220 CE
Year
25 CE-220 CE
Media
Metalwork
Medium
bronze
Dimensions
12.0 x 15.4 cm bowl; 19.3 cm overall height
Credit
Gift of Mr F. Storch 1980
Accession number
8.1980