Rectangular Tureen (fu)

A work made of bronze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of bronze.

Date:

Eastern Zhou dynasty, Spring and Autumn period (770–481 B.C.)

Artist:

China

About this artwork

The lid and basin of this grain vessel are virtually identical in form; with the lid inverted, both pieces could be used as serving dishes. Its large lug handles are cast as vestiges of dragon heads with rolled snouts; smaller heads are applied to the lid. The surface design consists of flat, tessellated planes composed of rectangular units of tightly interlaced ribbons. This restrained pattern reflects a new interest in finely textured grid patterns that transformed bronze design in the sixth century B.C. The blue (azurite) and green (malachite) patina is copper corrosion, formed over centuries of burial underground.

The form of this vessel was originally based on a bamboo prototype, whose function was to hold grain, perhaps rice.

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Asian Art

Title

Rectangular Tureen (fu)

Origin

China

Date

770 BC–445 BC

Medium

Bronze

Dimensions

18.6 × 33.3 × 21cm (7 5/16 × 13 1/8 × 8 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Lucy Maud Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1924.242

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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