Bronze Lidded Dui Food Vessel
This unusual lidded container is a reproduction of an ancient bronze ritual vessel. Bronze and ceramic vessels were produced from as early as the Shang dynasty (1600 - 1045 BC), used for ritual ceremonies or to be buried in the tombs of the wealthiest members of Chinese society.
This particular design is referred to as 'dui' and would have been used for grain or other foods. In an aged, verdigris bronze, it stands on three short legs in the form of animals, with a shallow domed lid with bird handles. The circular body is fitted with a ring handle on each side and inlaid in gold with a scrolling pattern. The lid is inlaid with an interlocking circular pattern on top, along with various Chinese hieroglyphs. Note that each vase is individually cast and so the finish may vary slightly to the example shown here.
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