Ritual food vessel, or gui, with taotie masksOn display
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Ritual food vessel, or gui, with taotie masks
Date2nd half of the 9th century - 1st half of the 8th century BC
Western Zhou Dynasty (c. 1050 - c. 771 BC)
Material and technique
Dimensionswith lid 15.5 x 21.5 x 21.5 cm max. (height x width x depth)
without lid 11.5 x 21.5 x 21.5 cm max. (height x width x depth)
No. of items
Presented by Sir Herbert Ingram, 1956.
Museum locationGround floor | Gallery 10 | China to AD 800
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Glossary of terms
A Chinese ritual food vessel with a deep bowl on a foot ring and handles.
Stylized monster mask decoration with prominent eyes and scrolling horns. The motif has been known since the 1100s. Its significance remains mysterious.
Loveday, Helen, Chinese Bronzes in the Ashmolean Museum: An Illustrated Handbook to the Collections (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 1990), p. 28, illus. p. 24 pl. 8