cooking container (food processing & storage); li

Bronze cooking vessel, li, from the Eastern Zhou Dynasty, 722 - 481 BC. Squat body with three mammiform lobes with corresponding short cylindrical feet beneath. Decorated with a band of close raised vertical lines and three flanges. The angular shoulders are surmounted by a short neck with wide everted rim. There is some green patination.

Illustration of a similar li in: Barnhard Karlgren, Yin and Chou in Chinese Bronzes, BFEA, Stockholm, 1935. pl.XXXVII, no. D25

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