WBO 02An archaic bronze food vessel and cover, dou


Eastern Zhou dynasty

The deep rounded body is supported by a stem with flared foot. The domed cover has a circular waisted finial. The whole surface is covered by extensive malachite encrustation.

When turned upside down the lids of these food containers serve a secondary function as dishes to serve the food within.
Height: 22,5 cm

Provenance: Formerly in the collection of Ludo van Bogaert-Sheid                     Sotheby’s Amsterdam, 14 May 1990, lot 321
A Dutch private collection  

Baron Docteur Ludo van Bogaert-Sheid was a world famous scientist who avidly collected early Chinese art. The collection was sold at Sotheby’s in 1990 and the proceeds were donated to the Born-Bunge Foundation in Antwerp.

Reference: dou of similar form decorated with bosses is illustrated by William Watson in Ancient Chinese Bronzes, Pl.61b
By 500 BC the dou was designed with hemispherical bowl and ring handles, covered by a hemispherical lid and set on a slender stem, See Watson, p. 38


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