26 octobre 2016

Grain Serving Vessel (Dou), Eastern Zhou dynasty, Spring and Autumn period (770–476 B.C.), late 6th–early 5th century BC

Grain Serving Vessel (Dou), Eastern Zhou dynasty, Spring and Autumn period (770–476 B.C.), late 6th–early 5th century BC. Bronze. H. 10 1/2 in. (26.7 cm); Diam. of foot 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm); Diam. of rim 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm); Rogers Fund, 1925, 25.20.2a, b. © 2000–2016 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  A subtle all-over pattern of interwoven bands complements the graceful shape of this vessel, which is further adorned by the four nearly naturalistic feline handles.

26 octobre 2016

Grain Serving Vessel (Dui), Eastern Zhou dynasty (770–256 B.C.), ca. 5th century B.C.

Grain Serving Vessel (Dui), Eastern Zhou dynasty (770–256 B.C.), ca. 5th century B.C. Bronze. H. 6 1/8 in. (15.6 cm); Diam. 6 3/4 in. (17.1 cm). H. 6 1/8 in. (15.6 cm); John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1913, 13.100.7a, b. © 2000–2016 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  This vessel’s deeply reserved ornamentation was meant to be filled with colored inlay. The lid, when inverted, functions as a serving dish.