Ancient Chinese Spring & Autumn Period Bronze Tripod Vessel - 550 BC

An ancient Chinese bronze tripod vessel, dating to the Late Spring and Autumn Period, circa 6th Century BC.

This ritual tripod is an extreme example of China’s obsession with its own past. Made over 2,500 years ago, it is enthralling to think that this vessel was itself influenced by the design of a much earlier Neolithic example.

Chinese artists have always looked with one eye to the past for inspiration, as if seeking the approval of their ancestors. Yet this bronze vessel is truly remarkable, taking as its model pottery produced at the dawn of Chinese culture. Look closely and you can see that the moulded handles and uneven edges of the rim, unusual in cast bronze examples, seek to mimic the coarse, hand-made ceramics of their Stone Age forebears.

That this form could endure the ages so resolutely seems impossible, but to see and hold an artefact such as this is to truly understand why China is recognised as the oldest continuous civilisation in the world.

Ancient Chinese Spring & Autumn Period Bronze Tripod Vessel - 550 BC. An ancient Chinese bronze tripod vessel, dating to the Late Spring and Autumn Period, circa 6th Century BC. This ritual tripod is an extreme example of China’s obsession with its own past. Made over 2,500 years ago, it is enthralling to think that this vessel was itself influenced by the design of a much earlier Neolithic example. Chinese artists have always looked with one eye to the past for inspiration, as if seeking the approval of their ancestors. Yet this bronze vessel is truly remarkable, taking as its model pottery produced at the dawn of Chinese culture. Look closely and you can see that the moulded handles and uneven edges of the rim, unusual in cast bronze examples, seek to mimic the coarse, hand-made ceramics of their Stone Age forebears. That this form could endure the ages so resolutely seems impossible, but to see and hold an artefact such as this is to truly understand why China is recognised as the oldest continuous civilisation in the world.

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