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Ritual Vessel

Native Name:
Hu (Chinese vessel type)
Object Number:
C243
Current Location:
China Gallery
Culture:
Chinese
Provenience:
China
Period:
Warring States
Zhou Dynasty
Date Made:
Late Zhou Dynasty - Warring States
Early Date:
-642
Late Date:
221
Section:
Asian
Materials:
Copper Alloy
Bronze
Malachite
Pigment
Technique:
Inlaid
Cast
Relief
Iconography:
Taotie
Description:
'Chen Zhang' fanghu. Bronze four sided fanghu, or square jar, inlaid with green malachite in a delicate pattern; much of the malachite now lost. Two bronze ring handles held in the mouths of archaic monster masks (taotie) modelled in low relief on each side of the vessel. 29 ancient characters engraved just above the base record its capture by Chen Zhang ( also known as Tian Zhang, Zhangzi, and Kuang Zhang) as booty from an attack on the state of Yan during the Zhou Dynasty. Loyang style.
Credit Line:
Purchased from C. T. Loo

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Chinese Halls (1941 - 1966)
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Chinese Bronze and Jade (Rotunda Case Exhibit) ( Jul 2001)
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Chinese Bronze and Metal-Working (Rotunda Case Exhibit) ( Jan 1987 - Feb 1988)
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Bibliography:

[Article] Steinhardt, Nancy S. 2008. "The Chinese Rotunda". Arts of Asia. 38 (5): 83-95. : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 94, Fig. 30
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[Article] Mattos, Gilbert L. & Hua, Yang. 2001. "The Chen Zhang Fanghu". Orientations. 32 (2): 57. : Page/Fig./Plate: 57
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[Book] Kominami, I. 1985. Studies on Unearthed Objects.
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[Book] Horne, Lee C. 1985. Introduction to the Collections of The University Museum. : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 58, Fig. 1.
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[Book] Watson, William. 1979. Art of Dynastic China. 633. : Page/Fig./Plate: Plate 30
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[Article] Jayne, Horace H. F. 1941. The Chinese Collections of The University Museum: A Handbook of the Principal Objects. The University Museum Bulletin. 9 (2-3) : Page/Fig./Plate: Figure 40
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[Catalogue] 1938. Chinese bronzes of the Shang (1766-1122 B.C.) through the Tang Dynasty (A.D. 618-906) : an exhibition lent by American collectors and museums and shown in gallery D6 from October 19 through November 27. : Page/Fig./Plate: no. 185
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[Article] Jayne, Horace H. F. 1935. The Museum's Loan to Burlington House ( for International Exhibition of Chinese Art held in London 1935-36). The University Museum Bulletin. 6 (1) : Page/Fig./Plate: 17-21
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[Catalogue] Royal Academy of Arts. 1935. Catalogue of the International Exhibition of Chinese Art. : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 14, No. 180; Pg. 324, 180 (illustration)
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[Article] Andersson, Johan G. 1935. The Goldsmith in Ancient China. The Bulletin of the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities. No. 7 : Page/Fig./Plate: 1-28, pl. XIX.
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