Bronze food vessel with lid

unknownlate 6th - mid 5th century BC

Royal Ontario Museum

Royal Ontario Museum
Toronto, Canada

The period known as the Eastern Zhou spanned a considerable number of centuries. It is often sub-divided into the period of the Spring and Autumn Annals, named for the annals of the State of Lu, and the Warring States period, named after another historical text, Discourses of the Warring States. During this time the political divisions of the country were in constant flux as alliances between states were made and broken. The increasing power of the lords of the various states at the expense of the Zhou king probably contributed towards the growth of local bronze industries during this time. Because the head of each state required ritual paraphernalia and arms, the output of bronze objects during this era was substantial.


  • Title: Bronze food vessel with lid
  • Creator: unknown
  • Date: late 6th - mid 5th century BC
  • Location: Reportedly from Jincun, Luoyang, Henan province, China
  • Physical Dimensions: h12.7 cm
  • Provenance: Bishop William C. White Collection
  • Type: Food Vessel
  • Rights: Royal Ontario Museum
  • Medium: Cast bronze
  • Time period: Eastern Zhou dynasty
  • Length: 20
  • Accession Number: 932.16.71

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