Dui and cover or food vessel and cover in bronze. Made in China, 3rd phase, Zhou Dynasty.
5 1/4 x 5 3/8 x 4 7/8 in; base: 3 1/4 x 2 3/4 in
Lane Roberts; from whom purchased by Bluett & Sons, £106.5.0; from whom purchased by Sir William Burrell, 10 March 1945, £125; by whom gifted to the Corporation of the City of Glasgow, 1945.
Bluett & Sons, Sales Day Book 18/304, 12 March 1945, stock no.2423: ‘Warring States bronze An and cover’.
Sir William Burrell, Purchase Book 1945 p.24: ‘A Chinese bronze. Oval bowl and cover with spreading foot, "an", probably intended for use with hot liquids. The cover which can also be used as a tray has 3 bird head supports which act as feet in this case. Loop handles on each side of the body. There are 3 bands of low relief design on the cover. Dark green patina on the exterior & vivid patches of blue (azurite) & green deposit in the interior. Height 5 3/4". Circa 300-400BC. Intact’.