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Serving vessels

Updated: Mar 22, 2019 Print

Tureen (gui): A tureen (gui) is usually round in shape, mostly with a pair of handles. It stands on a ring foot or a rectangular pedestal, with or without a lid. Like the cauldron (ding), the tureen was a symbol of aristocracy and privilege. Grouped in even numbers, a set of tureens often appeared in company with the cauldron grouped in odd numbers in ritual ceremonies. 

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Tureen (gui), mid Western Zhou Dynasty (c.11th century-771 BC), collection of Shanghai Museum [Photo/shanghaimuseum.net]


Stemmed Bowl (dou): A stemmed bowl (dou) is used for serving meat paste. Some stemmed bowls are designed with lids, where handles are attached. The lid can be inverted for use as a shallow bowl. 

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Stemmed bowl (dou), late Western Zhou Dynasty (c.11th century-771 BC), collection of the Palace Museum [Photo/dmp.org.cn]


Rectangular Tureen (fu): A rectangular tureen (fu) is a lidded food container with a flaring mouth and four short legs.

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Rectangular tureen (fu), Eastern Zhou dynasty, Spring and Autumn period, collection of Art Institute of Chicago [Photo/artic.edu]


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