Rare Chinese Tang Dynasty Spun Bronze Bowl
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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Metalwork: Pre AD 1000: item # 1184687
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Rare Chinese Tang Dynasty Spun Bronze Bowl (AD 618 - 906)
This rare "spun" bronze bowl was made during the Tang Dynasty (AD 618 - 906). It was made by the spinning technique as opposed to having been cast (see below for more information). Originally its surface would have been brightly polished but it has, during its long burial, acquired a green patina. There are also burial deposits still adhering to the inner surface, although these have mostly been removed from the outer surface to reveal the smooth finish. For a spun bowl, the bronze is relatively thick.
Diameter 13.75 cm (5.5 inches). A nice example with no repair or restoration.
For information, from the fine 1987 book, Korean Art from The Brooklyn Museum, by Robert J. Moes, to describe the manufacturing process of spun bronze vessels: "Spun bronze involved mounting a small bronze cylinder on a lathe-like device and drawing the malleable metal out to its final shape while it spun at high speed. This technique permitted thinner walls, making the vessel considerably lighter than its cast counterpart, thus requiring less bronze." Although this description is of Korean spun bronze bowls, the same technique was undoubtedly used in the manufacture of Chinese examples.
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