An image of Altar vessel 'zun'

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Altar vessel 'zun'

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

From the Qianlong period on, a separate type of monochrome ware was produced for ritual use by the emperor. These vessels were catalogued in a book called 'The illustrated regulations for the ceremonial paraphernalia of the Qing dynasty' compiled in 1759. The pieces were made in forms derived from ancient bronzes and their colour was determined by the Beijing temple they were made for, such as yellow for use in the Temple of Earth and blue for the Temple of Heaven.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.129.

Place of origin
China
Period
China: Qing dynasty 1644–1911, Qianlong 1736–1795
Year
1735-1795
Media
Ceramic
Medium
porcelain with yellow glaze
Dimensions
28.4 x 25.3 cm
Credit
Purchased 1969
Accession number
EC3.1969