"Dou" food serving vessel - ROM2005_3540_1


"Dou" food serving vessel

Medium:Cast bronze
Geography: Reportedly from Jincun, Luoyang, Henan province, China
Date: 5th century BC
Period: Eastern Zhou dynasty
24.5 x 18 x 18 cm
Object number: 932.16.288.1
Credit Line: Bishop William C. White Collection
On view
Gallery Location:Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of China
DescriptionThe struggle for control of the Chinese territory has a complex history. In 771 BC, northwestern nomadic Quanrong people invaded Haojing, the capital of Western Zhou. The dissolute king You was killed, and the court was forced to abandon its primary home and move several hundred kilometres east, to Luoyang. Regional states competed for power with the Zhou kings who had made Luoyang their capital. In 256 BC, Luoyang fell to the state of Qin, marking the beginning of Chinese unification. Several royal tombs of Eastern Zhou kings were excavated in the 1930s, and the remarkable discoveries of these and other Zhou burial sites vividly convey the intellectual, artistic and economic accomplishments of this rich and varied society
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